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Farr Cemetery

A graveyard for early settlers, sometimes called Old Pioneer Cemetery, hidden in the woods on a hillside. 


This gorgeous, little cemetery is steeped in pioneer history. Reached by walking up a narrow path, the hillside harbors marble gravestones from the 1800s, including the first doctor of Whitman County, who also served as president of the local bank and lobbied for the railroad to pass through town, and many children who fell victim to measles and typhoid. It is often overgrown, but offers a pretty view and is a local gem.

The cemetery existed before the streets. Its history is not well documented, but according to a local resident who conducted interviews on its history, early wagon-train pioneers buried their dead along the trails, causing problems for settlers and colonists who followed in their footsteps. Located on the hillside and established by an initial settler, Farr Cemetery allowed the dead to rest. 

Know Before You Go

The path starts near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Fountain Street. It is well kept, but can be slippery and muddy in wet conditions.

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