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Hilltop map

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The aptly named Hilltop Cemetery sits amid the rolling hills of Polk County along Corvallis Road. It served as the main cemetery for the nearby town of Independence. (Scenic photo polDA34)


About the cemetery

Hilltop Cemetery

Polk County
Established ca. 1849
ca. 2,374 burials


This cemetery includes the grave of Hugh McNary Waller, an 1847 pioneer and early circuit rider clergyman in the Willamette Valley. Waller is credited with helping to establish churches in many early communities in the area. It is claimed that he baptized more than 7,000 individuals during his career. His widowed mother and several siblings also came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail.