Oregon's Cemeteries Web Exhibit
About the photo
The St. Paul Cemetery near Mission Creek in Saint Paul offers sweeping views of surrounding French Prairie. An earlier cemetery by this name is now called the St. Paul Pioneer Cemetery. (Scenic photo DSC166-12)
About the cemetery
St. Paul Cemetery
ca. 1,450 burials
The original 1839 St. Paul Cemetery was the oldest European cemetery in Oregon. However, most of the graves were moved to the site shown above when it opened. Oregon's first Catholic priest and archbishop, Francis Norbert Blanchet, is buried here. He arrived in the Oregon Country in 1838 and soon established the St. Paul Mission. In addition to his famous missionary work, Blanchet was a prolific writer.