‘Walk Back in Time’ cemetery tour celebrates Edmonds history

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Join the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium on Thursday, July 15 to take a “Walk Back in Time” and learn about the history of the cemetery and the people buried there. The guided tour, which starts at 1 p.m., is conducted by members of the Cemetery Board.

The 6.5-acre cemetery was founded in 1891 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. Over the next century, numerous owners managed the site until 1982 when Larry Hubbard, an Edmonds businessman, purchased the site and gave it to the City of Edmonds to maintain and operate.

Some people may remember that at the time Mr. Hubbard bought the property, it was unkempt and overgrown. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, it was restored to the scenic landmark that it is today. The most recent addition to the cemetery is the Columbarium located in the northeast corner of the grounds.

Some graves date as far back as the Spanish American and Civil Wars. There are also many Edmonds founders, and fourteen of the city’s 34 mayors are buried in the cemetery. One of those mayors is Edmonds’ founder, George Brackett, who governed the city in 1890.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium is located at 100th Avenue West and 15th Street Southwest, one block north of the Westgate QFC. Street parking is available. Refreshments will be served

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