Mountain View Cemetery is located on the corner of 2nd Ave and
Abbott Road with the entrance gate facing North on 2nd. On its East
side it parallels Howard Street.
Mountain View is a large cemetery comprised of four sections,
some of which were originally separate cemeteries. It is now owned
by the city of Walla Walla. This cemetery is fenced, grassed and
has large old trees. There are numerous graves without headstones.
Please be aware you will not find all burials included in this
The IOOF section was established in 1853. It is situated on the
East side of the cemetery bordering the fence within the area
bordered by Juniper St on the West, Cyprus St on the North, Spruce
St on the East and Palm St on the South.
The Masonic Section is in the Northeast Corner of the cemetery
bounded by Vine Street on the North, Spruce Street on the East,
Cyprus Street on part of the South, Center Street on the West
half of the South and Juniper Street on the West. As you enter
through the cemetery gates from 3rd Street on the North side of
the cemetery, turn right onto Vine Street.
The Catholic Section is located in the far southeastern area
of the cemetery. I walked and recorded this section in the fall
of 2002. Within the cemetery the it's boundary on the North is
Palm Street, on the West by Sacred Heart Street, on the South
by St. Michael Street, and on the East by St. Mark Street. It
contains four large, separate blocks and in the center of them
is a circular area that contains most of the graves of the Catholic
clergy who are buried in this cemetery.
The Garden Mausoleum is a large outdoor building with access
to the sides for urns and full body interment. It is located in
the Southwest section of the cemetery. The smaller Memorial Garden
Mausoleum and the Memory Garden walkway are to the West of this
The Memory Garden Mausoleum is a small building with one wall
that is open, facing East toward the larger Garden Mausoleum.
The open side is faced with wrought iron with a gated door. Most
of the plaques are for urns. It is to the West of the large Garden
Mausoleum and in the far Southwest corner of the cemetery. The
Memory Garden is a walkway that circles behind the Memory Garden
Mausoleum building, with individual brick walls with memory plaques.
There are also memorial stones embedded at the side of the walk
way and in the landscaped gardens.
This older area of the cemetery includes the *North Block, the
Alphabet Section, Sections 1 through 32 and the Baker Circle.
The East and the North sides of the cemetery had new fencing put
around it in 2008.
For years the entire cemetery has had huge old trees until recently
when an unusually high windstorm toppled many of them. The cemetery
has been replacing them with small new trees, but the grandeur
(splendor and magnificence) is not the same. In the city section,
usually under these trees, are a lot of very old tombstones that
are heavily covered with moss making some of them almost impossible
to read. Most of the ones in the sunlit areas were not mossy.
In the oldest of sections, there are many beautiful upright tombstones,
but in the newest sections, the requirements are to have a flat
tombstone so they can be mowed over. Flowers are left only a few
days because of the mowing. The cemetery has let crabgrass creep
over these flat stones and some have almost totally disappeared.
We had to literally pull back the grass in order to uncover the
stone to read it.
Jim Gleaton and I walked this cemetery in several visits starting
in Sep 2001 continuing up to fall of 2008 before we finished walking
it. This contains only headstone readings with a few from obits
or older records. We have a digital photo of some of the stones.
- Rella Gleaton
b. = born
d = days
d. = died
d/o = daughter of
h = hours
|h/o = husband of
m = month
m. = married
s/o = son of
w/o = wife of
y = years
|BS = Baby Section
Cath Sec = Catholic Section
City Sec = City Section
GM = Garden Mausoleum
MG = Memory Garden & Mausoleum
|MS = Military Section
Masonic Sec = Masonic Section
NB Sec = North Block, Alpha, 1-32 and Baker*
UG = Urn Garden in front of Mausoleum
( ) = my additions