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Ilwaco Cemetery
Pacific County, Washington

T10N R11W SEĽ Sec 27
Lat: 46° 19' 04"N, Lon: 124° 01' 18"W

Contributed by T Sheldon, Jan 01, 2003, last edited Feb 24, 2007 [tsheldon@tss.net]. Total records = 2,394.

To reach the cemetery drive east on Rte 101 from the township of Ilwaco, the cemetery is on the north side of State Route 101.

Ilwaco Cemetery began as a section of land offered for public burials by the Whealdon family, specifically Isaac and Mary Whealdon, in July of 1888. This transaction was in exchange for one U.S. dollar. offering 964 links by 79 links by 400 links, and ran along the Wallicut River. It was in this section of ground that the oldest part of the cemetery was used. All lots here were set to be 4 x 8 foot and were set up to include eight lots per block.

Many of the old burials have ornate stones, others were rather common to the area, and others, yet, were made of wood, and have now disappeared from sight. Pacific County, Washington, is a coastal county, and has a lot of salt in the air from the ocean, alongside the great amount of moisture from the common rainfall. This excessive moisture has done it's deed with many of the markers here, and I passed many of the oldest wishing others after me would be able to read the past as I was able to do.

This cemetery contained 154 'unknowns' at last count. Some of the older burials have lost their markers, and due to the many shipwrecks in the area, sailors were oft times buried in this place. Some of these unknowns have been accounted for through local records, but only a mere handful.

The cemetery is owned and maintained by the community of Ilwaco, and it is fairly well cared for. It looks like it would be a challenge to maintain because all of the burials are quite crowded.

I began walking the Ilwaco cemetery about a year-and-a-half ago, finishing my work in Dec of 2002.

- T Sheldon

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