LUPER CEMETERY A Historic Pioneer Cemetery

      Welcome to Luper Cemetery
 To view a slideshow on the
History and Restoration of Luper Cemetery
click here or download a PDF version here.

The PDF slideshow can take a few minutes to download. It is best viewed in full screen. Press the right arrow to scroll through the slides.

Donations can be made online using the buttons at the bottom of this page.

The gate on West Beacon Drive will be open for Veterans Day weekend so visitors can drive to the cemetery.

Each fall the Northwest Christian University entire campus (students, staff and faculty) team up to serve local non-profit organizations on their Embrace The Community Day. This year it was held on September 18th. Luper Cemetery was fortunate to be one of the organizations to receive a crew to work at the cemetery. Seventeen people from the university helped trim trees, clear vegetation, mow, haul firewood, and refinish the “where they fell” benches under the maple in the back of the cemetery. A demonstration on repairing a broken grave marker was done for the participants. They then broke into groups to tackle different tasks. A lot was accomplished and everyone had a good time. Luper Cemetery has a connection to the university through James Addison Bushnell that is interred at Luper. He was the first President of the Board of Regents of Eugene Divinity School in 1895 until his death in 1912. Eugene Divinity School has had several name changes in its history and today it is the Northwest Christian University.

The Board of Directors thanks the Lane County Historical Society for the grant to purchase a used John Deere riding mower and small trailer for transporting it. It has helped immensely in maintaining the cemetery.

Increased security and reporting measures are being used to address vandalism and unauthorized night visits. All incidents (damage, fires, candles, suspicious debris or activity) are reported to the Lane County Sheriffs office.

Early in January it was discovered that Luper Cemetery was the victim of vandalism. At least two markers were broken and footstones were stolen. The footstones have been recovered thanks to caring friends that help look out for the neighborhood. Repairs were began on the two broken markers in May and the repaired joints will be mortared in June. Also, repair was begun on the Martha Jennings marker. A new technique was used because of the severe deterioration of the soft marble this marker is made of. The pieces were epoxied to a ceramic backboard. The joints on this marker will also be mortared in June. The mortar seals the joints and voids from water that could freeze and cause fractures. Previous acts of vandalism resulted in criminal convictions and restitution was paid to help repair the damage. These acts of vandalism desecrates the memorials for those that have passed and disrespects their relatives, our community, and our history. Please report any vandalism to the cemetery through the "Contacts" tab on this website.

The Interments page has pictures of individual headstones and information on the inscriptions by clicking on the last names in the Alphabetical List of Luper Cemetery Names and Plot Numbers. Visit the Information page and scroll down for many links to historical diaries, journals and genealogy records. The Gallery page has various views of past conditions in the cemetery and the process of repairs. The work done by Ben Stinnett for his Masters Degree at the University of Oregon is on the Information page. It is a large file and slow to load but is worth waiting for as it includes extensive information and pictures.

The Adkins Family Organization's Gravestone Project placed a new marker for Elizabeth Crawley Adkins Bushnell. A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday November 11, 2017. This marker is in keeping with historical aspects of the pioneer cemetery and has been approved by the Board of Directors. The marker dedication and biography of Elizabeth can be read on our Information page.

The Lost Rescue, Parallel Diaries of the Advance Party from the Lost Wagon Train of 1853 written by Daniel Owen, a descendant of members from the Lost Wagon Train, is available through Luper Cemetery, Inc. for $15 plus shipping when necessary. Proceeds from sales of the book will be used to maintain the cemetery. The book contains the diaries of Andrew Samuel McClure and Benjamin Franklin Owen and history of the Lost wagon Trains of 1845 and 1853. There are 18 members from the 1853 train interred at Luper Cemetery. Please contact Secretary / Treasurer Merilee Boulton for more information about how to order your copy: 953-7602.  

Luper Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in the southern Willamette Valley dating to the mid 1800's. There are dozens of early pioneer families represented in the cemetery with over 160 people interred. The cemetery may be accessed every day from dawn until dusk by walking or biking the half-mile gravel road from the West Beacon Drive entrance to the cemetery. The main vehicle gate is opened on special occasions or by request, including Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Luper Cemetery is excited to have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to place a memorial stone for the people known to be interred at the cemetery that no longer have headstones in place. The dedicated volunteers and support of the community made this grant and other awards possible. We also want to thank the Oregon Country Fair for a grant that helped fund the kiosk construction and provided for native plants. Luper Cemetery, Inc is proud to have been awarded both the Heritage Excellence Award in 2011 presented by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oakley Certificate of Merit awarded in 2013 by the Association of Gravestone Studies.

Mission Statement: The mission of Luper Cemetery, Inc. is to: preserve the pioneer cemetery, the history of the people who lived in the Irving area, engage local residents in the history of Luper, honor the people buried at Luper, and to maintain the site in a historically correct way.

 Meetings are scheduled for 5:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at:

Santa Clara Fire Station #62 

3939 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404 although the meeting location can vary. Weather permitting summer meetings will be at the cemetery.


Please check out our:

Luper Newsletter
Donations can be made to the 
Luper Cemetery Support Fund or the Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund through the buttons below that will take you to PayPal where you have the option of using your PayPal account or credit card. You can also donate by check mailed to:

 P.O. Box 2588, Eugene OR 97402

Click this button to contribute to the Legacy Fund. Thank you for your help and support to the future preservation of Luper Cemetery.

Click this button to contribute to the Support Fund. Thank you for your help and support of the ongoing maintenance of Luper Cemetery.

Your contributions to Support Luper Cemetery finance restoration and maintenance work at the cemetery. The Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund has been established to provide a process that will insure future preservation and maintenance. Thank you!

Luper Cemetery, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation established for the purpose of maintaining, improving and protecting Luper Cemetery. Donations are tax deductible.

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