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River View Cemetery will be celebrating it's 140th year from December 2022 through December 2023

Portland's Historic Natural Treasure Turns 140Rooted in community since 1882, River View Cemetery was established by a visionary group of Portland families who purchased 300 acres in 1879 on the west side of the Willamette River to create a "garden cemetery" to offer refuge from the bustle of dense city life.

When River View opened on December 4, 1882, it was one of a select group of North American rural landscape cemeteries following the example of Mount Auburn near Boston. River View and other similar cemeteries served as

early urban parks, providing a place for picnics and walks. River View Cemetery will be celebrating it's 140th year from December 2022 through December 2023 with a series of community events which you can fi nd on their website,

During its 140th year, there will be many ways in which the community can connect with River View. The cemetery will host events such as a root beer float celebration in honor of Henry Weinhard, a blood drive day to support the American Red Cross, a bicycle repair clinic in honor of Mayor Bud Clark, and the traditional holiday services.

If you have a loved one interred at River View, the cemetery has plans for a "memory lane," a lantern illuminated pathway in the cemetery for River View families to share the stories of their loved ones.

On Memorial Day, River View will be offering an "obituary clinic" where families with loved ones interred at River View can bring photos and written memorials to be scanned into River View's online interment database which allows a permanent online memorial for the decedents within the cemetery.

Upholding the founders' vision, River View remains a popular destination for community members who seek the solace of its greenspaces, stunning views of Mt Hood, and nearly 70 forested acres of deep ravines and year-round streams. Resident bald eagles and deer are a frequent sight alongside 23 species of mammals, amphibians, and birds. While dogs are not allowed,

River View is a favorite place for walkers and bicycle commuters (on designated routes). With its history of progressive cemetery management and ongoing environmental stewardship, River View is a leader in responding to consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly funeral and burial options. Nearly a third of River View's burial clients choose natural burial. Others are selecting Aqua Cremation, an environmentally-friendly alternative to flame cremation and conventional burial.

Known as alkaline hydrolysis, this flameless process uses a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity to accelerate a process similar to that of natural burial.

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