Welcome to the Mulkey Cemetery

Located on a hilltop in west Eugene, the peaceful Mulkey Cemetery has served as a community burial ground and open space for nearly 150 years.

Now organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and managed by a volunteer board, the cemetery preserves the past, is engaged with the present, and looks toward a long future as a community resource.


Fall 2016 Cemetery Workday

Bring your gardening tools, raingear, water bottle, hat, and gloves — if you can't come, consider making an extra donation to the fund to help defray expenses

it’s time again for cemetery workdays! (we'll post the date and time soon!)

 

We’ll be at the cemetery mid-day, cleaning up, planting bulbs, and getting ready for winter. Hope to see you there!


Memorial Day Service - May 30, 2016

Mulkey Cemetery Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 30 at Noon

3335 S. Lambert Street, Eugene

To contact us please email admin@mulkeycemetery.org

(NOTE: Our website has been unavailable for editing for awhile;

we’re just getting to those details now, so please bear with us!!!)


History

Mulkey Cemetery is named for the Mulkey family, who arrived in Oregon in 1853. Patriarch Philip Mulkey, accompanied by his wife, Martha, and several of their adult children, emigrated from Kentucky and claimed land in the southern Willamette Valley. The elder Mulkeys farmed 320 acres of land in what became west Eugene; other family members claimed land to the north, along what is now Old Coburg Road. Philip was the first traveling preacher in Lane County and became a well-known local figure.

Pioneer life in Oregon was rewarding but challenging. As far as we are now aware, the first burial in this location, of thirty-six-year-old Lucinda Barger, took place in January of 1856. The Bargers had a land claim in west Eugene, and their name survives as the name of Barger Drive. The teenaged Aaron McPherson was buried in 1857, followed by two elderly men, J.C. Brashear and John H. Edmunson, in 1860.

Between 1862 and 1865, Martha Mulkey and three of the Mulkey grandchildren died and were buried here. The hilltop became known informally as the “Mulkey Cemetery.”

By the late 1870s, more than 25 burials had taken place at the cemetery. In the 1880s, several local families joined together to formally deed the hilltop land as a cemetery. The arrangement was formalized in 1891, when a plat map was made and recorded with the county.

In 1923, the cemetery incorporated as an Oregon nonprofit, making the cemetery association one of the oldest corporations in our region which still operates in essentially its original form.

From the late nineteenth century through the 1950s, the cemetery was surrounded by the pear and cherry orchards planted by Edward Hawkins, who came to Oregon as a child in 1845. In 1956, the orchard was subdivided. The area is still known as “Hawkins Heights,” and the names of early settlers have become the names of streets in this quiet residential neighborhood.

The Mulkey Cemetery is maintained by the Mulkey Cemetery Association, which became an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in 2008. The Association has limited historical information available in our files, but please feel free to let us know if you have a research question you’re working on and we’ll see what we can do to help. We are also happy to receive copies of cemetery-related records, including deeds, death certificates, and biographical information about individuals interred at the Mulkey. Thank you!

Historical Sources for the Mulkey Cemetery

A bibliography of historical materials about cemetery history and families.


New Burials

Burials continue to take place at the Mulkey Cemetery, as they have for nearly a century and a half. To purchase a space, please contact Cynthia Beal, the current cemetery administrator. She will work with you to select a space which fits your needs.

When you are ready to use your cemetery lot – whether you want to conduct a burial or place a monument – please contact the cemetery association or ask your funeral director to do so. This allows us to coordinate with you and/or your funeral home and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Most burials are handled by local funeral homes. Interment of cremated remains is often done privately by an individual’s family or friends. If you prefer to inter cremated remains yourself, the cemetery association will ask you to sign a receipt indicating that we have received the remains. We will also need a copy of the deceased’s death certificate for our files. Please contact the cemetery administrator prior to your cremains burial so we can prepare your receipt.

NATURAL BURIAL OPTIONS

The Mulkey Cemetery offers environmentally-sensitive options for interment. We are happy to work with individuals and families to develop burial plans which incorporate their priorities and values.

The cemetery’s traditional landscape reflects the cemetery board’s committment to environmentally sound land stewardship. We maintain a simple pioneer cemetery aesthetic, featuring a mix of heritage and native plants. Plants are maintained without the use of pesticides or herbicides. This requires additional mowing during the growing season and considerable hand-weeding time from our volunteers, but we believe that limiting chemical use is an important component of our long-term management of the cemetery. The cemetery is not irrigated; new plantings are hand-watered until they are established. New plantings consist predominantly of native plants, whose selection is guided by the cemetery board. The cemetery provides habitat for a variety of birds, insects, and mammals.

The cemetery association does not require embalming, the use of liners, or the use of coffins for interments. Burials made without liners (including both coffin-only and shroud burials) will be asked for an additional burial fee, payable at the time of interment, to cover our increased maintenance costs in the event of subsidence.

Burials of cremated remains may be made with or without a container, at the discretion of the burying party.

The new cremated remains garden, on the east side of the cemetery, was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2010. Please contact us if you are interested in burial or memorialization space in the garden

POLICIES AND FEE SCHEDULE

We currently charge $800 for a standard cemetery lot. A lot is suitable for a single burial or up to four interments of cremated remains. The cemetery board’s policies on new monument design and placement are described in our Monument Guidelines brochure. An administrative fee, currently $200, is payable at the time the lot is used, whether an interment is made or a monument is placed. This fee covers the administrative costs associated with your interment.

Cremains-only space in our Cremains Garden is available for $450, which includes a 2′ by 2′ burial space and a 4″ by 6″ bronze plaque on one of the large granite memorial markers on the northeast side of the garden. Memorial plaques (no burial) on the memorial markers are available for $300 per marker.

Lot owners are considered members of the Mulkey Cemetery Association, receive regular mailings regarding cemetery news, work days, and events, and are asked to contribute annual dues to support maintenance and administrative costs. Current dues are $35 per year.

Fees and costs are subject to change without notice, at the discretion of the cemetery’s board of directors.

 


Contact Us

You may reach the cemetery via e-mail (admin@mulkeycemetery.org) or by postal mail at:

Mulkey Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 26124
Eugene, Oregon 97402

(458) 201-0450

Please do not send mail or any other deliveries to the cemetery’s premises at 3335 S. Lambert Street. We do not have an office or mail box at the cemetery.

Because we are a volunteer-managed nonprofit organization, we may not be able to respond immediately to queries. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE:
 
The cemetery is not able to receive human remains except by prior arrangement and with complete documentation as required by Oregon state laws and regulations. Do not ever ship cremated or other human remains to the cemetery. If you would like to bury remains at the cemetery, contact us and we will coordinate with you regarding specific arrangements and requirements.

The majority of the genealogical, historical, and plot information which we hold is available here on our web site, on the Interments and History pages. We do not have much additional archival material in our files, so research requests are unlikely to yield additional data.


Directions

When visiting, please respect the cemetery’s peaceful nature and our neighbors by keeping noise to a minimum. On-leash pets are welcome. Please clean up after your animals. Thank you.

Our street address is 3555 S. Lambert Street, Eugene, Oregon 97402

From Interstate 5, take I-105/Oregon 126 to the 126/Highway 99 exit. Take 6th Ave. west to Chambers St. Make a left onto Chambers. Make a right onto West 18th Ave. Follow directions from downtown Eugene, below.

From downtown Eugene, take West 18th Ave. heading west. Turn southwest (left) onto Hawkins Ave. Turn west (right) on South Lambert St. Turn north (right) on the portion of South Lambert that runs north-south. The cemetery gate is at the end of the street.

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Contribute

The Mulkey Cemetery is a private, non-profit pioneer cemetery managed by volunteers. We receive no regular funding from the local, state, or federal governments, nor is grant funding available to defray our maintenance and administrative costs. Can you help pay for the real costs of maintaining this special place?

The Mulkey Cemetery Association is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Donations may be made to:

The Mulkey Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 26124
Eugene, Oregon 97402

Or donate securely online, using your Visa, MasterCard, or bank account, via PayPal.



Unmarked Graves

There are a number of unmarked graves within the cemetery.  We generally have very limited information available about the exact locations of these burials, although what we know varies from case to case.  If you are the relative of an individual buried in one of these unmarked graves, we can work with you to commemorate that burial. It is in everyone’s interest that burials be clearly marked.

If you are aware of the specific location where your relative was buried, you may place a monument at that location, subject to the cemetery’s Monument Guidelines. We may also be able to assist you with setting up a lower-cost permanent bronze plaque memorialization on a known gravesite, if you are unable to afford a standard monument. Contact us for more information about how to place a monument in the cemetery.

If you are not sure where your relative is buried but would like to memorialize them at the cemetery, we have space available on the memorial stone in our cremains garden for commemorative bronze plaques. These are available at a cost of $300 each, measure 4 by 6 inches, and have space for names, dates, and brief texts.


Interments

(NOTE June 2016: Database will be reloaded soon)

Our interments database was compiled over many years, primarily by volunteers, and we are aware that it includes some errors. We’re now able to correct those, so if you identify an error, please email us at admin @ mulkeycemetery.org, including documentation for your requested correction (copies of death certificates, obituaries, or similar materials).

We believe that there are fewer errors in this version than in other published Mulkey interments lists. There are NO authorized third-party online lists of burials at the Mulkey, nor do we believe any of the extant third-party lists are current or accurate. We are not able to make corrections to third-party listings since we have no control over those sites.

This database is presented for personal research use only.  The cemetery provides genealogical information online as a courtesy to cemetery families and other researchers; there is no legal requirement for us to do so.  We recommend confirming any data here in additional sources. We have very limited genealogical information available in our files, given the age of the cemetery and the limited recordkeeping required in past generations.

All rights to this database are reserved by the cemetery association. Copying or use of this database or the information within it for any commercial purpose without the express written permission of the Mulkey Cemetery Association is prohibited.

People who are not interred at the cemetery but have headstones or other memorials here may be listed in the interments list in a way which does not distinguish these from physical burials.

If a burial plot number is not given in this list, we do not have any additional information relating to that individual’s specific location of burial. There are many unmarked graves at the Mulkey.

We strongly recommend that if you need to confirm details relating to any individual who you believe may be interred at the Mulkey, you do so by ordering the appropriate death certificate from the Oregon Vital Records Office.


Historical Resources for Mulkey Cemetery

Links below lead either to online editions of the materials or to their WorldCat listings, which will tell you the closest library which holds the item in question.

Books

Dingle, Tami, Mulkey Cemetery, Hawkins Heights, Eugene, Oregon. Eugene, Oregon: Oregon Genealogical Society, 2002.
A list of interments; does not include any data not included in our online Interments list, which is based on Tami’s work as updated by the cemetery association.

Hunt, Philip Mulkey, The Mulkeys of America. Portland, Oregon: privately published, 1982.
Primarily a family genealogy for the Mulkeys, with some information on their settlement in the southern Willamette Valley and the founding of the cemetery.

Newspaper Articles

June 2, 1940: Cemetery Directors Thankful, a note thanking contributors to spring workdays.

May 14, 1948: City News Notes, a spring workdays announcement.

May 28, 1958: Services to Honor County’s War Dead, mentions a ceremony at the cemetery.

August 9, 1982: Roots Pulled At Reunion: Kin, Neighbors Hold Clean-up At Cemetery, an article about a 1982 late-summer cleanup day.