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Lake View Cemetery: A tour of Capitol Hill’s dead people


Murder in the Graveyard
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Now, I’m not trying to belittle Bruce Lee here. He was a great actor/martial artist/man and paying homage to his resting place is no doubt a worthy cause. But sometimes I feel like he eclipses the fact that Lake View Cemetery has a whole list of historic Seattle celebrities worth visiting. And who might they be you ask?

Check out this handy google map for my list of famous Lake View gravesites. If you know of one that didn’t make my list, you can also add it!


 


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Mike with curls
Mike with curls
11 years ago

Can we do a Approve Ref 71: fundraiser there, real Halloween mood?

jonglix
jonglix
11 years ago

Thanks, I will go pay my respects to Hiram M Chittenden sometime soon!

Jake
Jake
11 years ago

I picked up a copy of “The Pioneers Of Lake View” by Robert Ferguson at the Museum of History & Indsutry bookshop earlier this summer. It has a map of the cemetery and short biographies of many of the famous settlers buried here. Totally worth the $12.95.

willbill
willbill
11 years ago

Also the place where the opening credits to “6 Feet Under” were filmed – the graveyard parts anyway. (Gasworks for the “tree on the Hill” shot) Alan Ball said Seattle is the best place to get the creepy graveyard gray look…yea Seattle!



kelseyed
kelseyed
11 years ago

i think the Denise Levertov buried at the top of the hill one driveway south of Bruce and Brandon is the internationally recognized 20th century poet.

Zan-O
Zan-O
11 years ago

Jesus, give it a rest already. First you stage a one-man boycott of the Elysian Brewery because they won’t turn over all their profits to R-71, now you want to have a fucking Halloween party in a fucking cemetery? Hey, how about a dance-off at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? I’m not sure if you’re just totally declasse, a complete lunatic or a little of both.

Mike with curls
Mike with curls
11 years ago

Chill.

The Tomb you speak of is not local.

Mike with curls
Mike with curls
11 years ago

This is more medical than a passing comment.

Recent reports are that because of lack of sun exposure in the winter, Seattle people do suffer from lack of vitamin D …. and other benefits of sun exposure.

We need to take supplements of D in the winter.

Interesting, and we tend to stay in front of computers as well … so when the sun is out … here we are inside again.

Zan-O
Zan-O
11 years ago

“Dance-off on Chief Seattle’s burial mound!” Is that better?

You are so totally out-of-touch with any semblance of reality it’s just creepy.

JoshMahar
JoshMahar
11 years ago

FYI: Chief Seattle himself is actually not buried in Seattle. He is buried in Suquwamish, just north of Bainbridge Island.

Zan-O
Zan-O
11 years ago

Did someone in this conversation indicate Chief Seattle is buried in Seattle?

The ability to contextualize a conversation into its component points, addressing the underlying message while avoiding the interjection of random and pseudo-topical pieces of trivia, is a valuable one that may serve you well through your life.

marlowharris
marlowharris
11 years ago

Not sure if you know this but between 1884 to 1887 the entire park was a cemetery. The bodies have since been relocated to other area cemeteries. There’s an interesting story about this in History Link: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&

By the way, the founder of http://www.HistoryLink.org, the wonderful Walt Crowley who passed away two years ago, asked to be buried at Lake View Cemetery, as near to Doc Maynard’s grave as possible.

Walt’s tombstone is notable as it actually has an interesting directive on it: Visit http://www.HistoryLink.org!

jseattle
jseattle
11 years ago

Ha ha. Now I know what I want on my tombstone.

linder seattle
linder seattle
11 years ago

“Don’t forget to pick up your crow button!”

jeanineanderson
jeanineanderson
11 years ago

How very interesting about Volunteer Park!

I find it amusing and cliche-but-it-is-real that there are a murder of crows living in the stand of trees between Volunteer Park and the cemetery. It makes the cemetery a micro-stock photographer’s dream setting, right? Kinda cool that 6 Feet Under used the setting for the show’s opening credits.