A Historic Pioneer Cemetery

Welcome to Luper Pioneer 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.

To honor Veterans Day the gate to Luper Cemetery on West Beacon Drive will be open for visitors on November 9, 10 & 11 from 9 am to 4 pm.

A dozen Boy Scouts from Troop 182 recently performed a conservation day clearing weeds and vines from the snowberry plants natural area in the back (north) part of the cemetery. Thanks for their commitment!

On September 17, 2019 students and members of the staff of Northwest Christian University again included Luper Cemetery in their annual Embrace the Community Day when classes are cancelled for half a day and teams perform projects to aid the community partnering with various organizations. Brush removal, trimming, path renewal and other items were done at Luper Cemetery.

The gate to Luper Cemetery is normally locked on West Beacon Drive except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities. On other days visitors are always welcome to walk to the cemetery from dawn to dusk or arrangements can usually be made to unlock the gate by calling one of our "Contacts".

A journal of the August through September 1858 gold prospecting tour in search of the "Blue Bucket Mine" that Andrew McClure participated in has been added to the Information page. It was transcribed from the original by Nancy Wilson. Thank you to Daniel Owen for contributing the article. It can be directly accessed here.

Donations are appreciated! You can contribute online using the buttons at the bottom of each page. Your donation to the Legacy Fund helps support the future preservation of Luper Cemetery. Your donation to the Support Fund helps with current restoration and maintenance expenses. You can use your PayPal account, debit card or credit card. Checks can be mailed to Luper Cemetery, Inc. PO Box 2588, Eugene, OR 97402. Thank you.

Luper Pioneer Cemetery was recently awarded an Outreach Grant from the Lane County Historical Society. The funds were awarded to pay for signs and for printing brochures and flyers to inform the community of activities at 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.

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.


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

The meeting location can vary. If you plan to attend please call or email people on the Contacts page to confirm that the meeting and location for that month has not been changed or cancelled. 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, debit or credit card. You can also donate by check mailed to:

 P.O. Box 2588, Eugene OR 97402

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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