in the paper, and during the Bike and Walk Salem process, some folks have expressed scepticism about the ability of the Pioneer Cemetery to handle more people on foot and on bike.
If we think people walking and biking through the cemetery would add an intolerable burden and would stress the carrying capacity of the grounds, perhaps we should comprehensively assess and revisit the impacts of cars and pets and all uses of the Cemetery and park.
This County statement for work on "Bicycle Path No. 4, Mehama to Stayton" from June 30th, 1899, and an attached receipt from July 1st, 1899, involves District Roadmaster John W. Irvine and County Judge Grover P. Terrell. Both are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.
At top you can see Terrell's headstone looks like it has broke and been moved. It is propped up against the tree. Whether it was vandalized, mowers broke it, or it just simply fell apart at a hidden seam in the stone, the headstone's current condition is an example of the vicissitudes to which the cemetery is subject, and against which we all agree we should struggle. The monuments may look enduring, but they are fragile. Irvine's is on the right.
(Parenthetically, perhaps it is also interesting to ask about ADA access. As a public park with rutted, graveled roadways, the Cemetery might not be in compliance with current accessibility standards and requirements. I continue to think that in the triangulating between the needs and wishes of different interests, there is not a bermuda triangle, but in fact is a win that provides funding, historical signage, and improved access and security for the Cemetery, the citizens of Salem, and interested visitors.)