Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

Pierce County, Washington, Cemeteries

~ A Work In Progress ~

By Pat Wood, Editor of The TPCGS Researcher

Introduction:

This is truly a Work in Progress. The objective is to provide an accurate ready reference for Pierce County researchers.

There are more than 100 known burial sites, graveyards and cemeteries of various types throughout Pierce County. Some of the older sites are not accessible by car, and some sites are on private or restricted government property.

Additions and corrections to this list are most welcome. Current contact information of the holders of the original interment registers is especially needed. In addition, workable GPS coordinates for the more remote burial sites would be very helpful. The addresses provided here may be approximate. Please send updates to celtictwigs@yahoo.com

Please note that our society does not have any original interment registers. However, we do have access to transcriptions of memorial stones and photocopies of early death ledgers. Contact our Family Line Researcher for further information.

Sources:

  1. Anderson Island Cemetery Records, Pierce County, Washington. Farnum, Carolyn; pub. 1984. 929.5/F238A

  2. Beginnings and Endings: Home of Peace Inscriptions, 5421 Steilacoom Boulevard S.W., Tacoma, Washington. Freedman, Deborah K.; pub. 2000. 929.5 F875B

  3. Calvary Cemetery (Catholic). Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society; pub. 1985. 929.5/C138C

  4. Cemeteries of the U.S., A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their Records, Deborah M. Burek, Editor, Gale Research Inc., Detroit MI, 1994.

  5. Directory of Cemeteries and Funeral Homes in WA State, Published as a joint project by the WA Interment Association and the WA State Funeral Directors to commemorate the Centennial of WA Statehood 1889 – 1989, published by Heritage Quest, Orting, WA 1990. 929.5/D627D

  6. Gig Harbor Peninsula Area Cemeteries, Pierce County, State of Washington. Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society; pub. 1982. 929.5 G367G

  7. History of the Byrd Cemetery. Athow, Leland J.; pub. 1982. 929.5/B996A

  8. Island Memoir, Personal History of Anderson & McNeil Islands. Cammon, Betsey; pub. 1969. 979.7 C148I

  9. Oakwood Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington. Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society; pub. 1982. 929.5 OA4O

  10. Old Settlers Cemetery: [miscellaneous information on Pierce County Cemeteries] Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society; pub. 1988. 929.3/T119O

Internet Sites:

  1. Artondale Cemetery Association: http://www.artondalecemetery.org

  2. Associated Catholic Cemeteries: http://www.acc-seattle.com

  3. Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com

  4. Gig Harbor Area Cemeteries: http://artondalecemetery.org/links.html

  5. Interment.net: http://www.interment.net

  6. Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington: http://www.jgsws.org/index.php

  7. Nisqually Tribe Cemetery Committee: http://www.nisqually-sequalitchew.com

  8. Pioneer Cemeteries on the Fort Lewis Reservation: http://robert-crouch.com/pion.htm

  9. Topographic Map Cemeteries: http://www.topozone.com/states/Washington.asp?county=Pierce&feature=Cemetery

  10. USGenWeb Archives: http://www.topozone.com/states/Washington.asp?county=Pierce&feature=Cemetery

  11. USGenWeb Tombstone Project: http://www.usgwtombstones.org

  12. U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/

  13. Washington State Digital Archives: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

  14. Washington State Hospital / Grave Concerns http://www.wshgraveconcerns.org/home

Cemetery Street / Intersection General Location Interment Records Location & Resources Online Approximate GPS
Alder Lodge IOOF Cemetery Lillie Dell Road ??? Several opinions re location. Site visit needed. Alder Lake Researcher vol. 17 no. 3; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
 
Allen Gravesite (aka Henry Allen) Near Silver Creek Guard Station Mt. Rainier National Park      
Anderson Island Cemetery   Anderson Island 929.5/F238A at TPL FAG
IN
USGW
47.15871 / 122.7818
Artondale Cemetery 5300 Hunt St. NW Gig Harbor 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG
IN
47.18918 / 122.36718
Bayview Cemetery (see Vaughn Bay)   Vaughn   FAG  
Benston Family Cemetery From Mountain Hwy drive east on Kapowsin Hwy. Look for 260th Street at 67th Ave. Graham TPCGS Family Line Research    
Bethany Lutheran Cemetery (aka Rocky Ridge) 26434 Mountain Hwy. behind church; site map just inside the gate Spanaway Church office FAG
USGW
47.01614 / 122.36999
Bittner's Spanaway Cemetery (see Spanaway Catholic)   Spanaway      
Buckley Cemetery (aka Buckley Public or White River) 600 Cemetery Rd. Buckley Buckley City Hall FAG
USGW
47.17094 / 122.02372
Burnett Cemetery   Burnett No longer exists per Directory of Cemeteries; Per USGEN Web Tombstone Project: no interments remain   47.129 / 122.047
Byrd Family Pioneer Cemetery 7801 Phillips Rd. SW; up hill behind Dept. of Wildlife Office Lakewood No records exist, per family's historian, Peggy Athow Anderson; 929.5/B996A at TPL; Researcher vol. 5 no. 1 FAG
USGW
47.11087 / 122.32188
Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum 7201 54th Ave West at 72 St. Tacoma Cemetery Office; 929.5/C138C at TPL FAG
IN
47.19204 / 122.50512
Carbonado Cemetery Tubbs Road Carbonado Town Hall, 818 8th Ave., Carbonado, WA 98323; 253-829-0125; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
470501N / 1220333W
Chevra Kadisha Cemetery (within Home of Peace Cemetery)   Lakewood Contact Home of Peace office    
Christ Episcopal Columbarium 310 North K St. Tacoma Church office FAG  
Crescent Valley (see Gig Harbor Cemetery)   Gig Harbor      
Cromwell (aka Hales Passage Scandinavian Lutheran) Cemetery 2500 62nd Ave NW, south of 28 Av NW Gig Harbor 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG  
Cushman Indian Cemetery (see Puyallup Indian)   Tacoma   FAG  
Dieringer Cemetery near East 40th & 218 St. East Dieringer Pierce County Parks & Recreation maintains grounds only FAG  
Eatonville Cemetery (aka Glacier Park Cemetery) Fir Av North & Carter St. West Eatonville Town Clerk; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG 46.87053 / 122.27346
Elgin Cemetery (aka Minter Pioneer, Mary A Doyle & Lola Moss Cem.) See Minter          
Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery (see Parkland Evangelical Lutheran)   Parkland      
Fir Lane Memorial Park 924 E. 176th St. Spanaway Office FAG  
Firwood Indian Cemetery (aka Willard) Valley Av East, behind a garage, between Fife & Puyallup Fife / Puyallup Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs; Researcher vol. 2 no. 4; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG  
Fort Lewis Military Post Cemetery   Ft. Lewis Dept. Vet. Affairs: www.gravelocator.cem.va.gov FAG 47.0341N / 122.3503W
Fort Nisqually Cemetery (est. 1833; aka Hudson's Bay Fort) Nisqually-Sequalitchew Historic District DuPont Nisqually Cemetery Committee, 4820 SHE NAH NUM Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98512;Nisqually Tribe Cemetery Committee website*    
Fort Steilacoom Cemetery Grounds of Western State Hospital Steilacoom Soldiers' remains removed to Presidio, San Francisco; Researcher vol. 2 no. 4 and vol. 17 no. 1 FAG  
Fox Island Cemetery Island Blvd. near Hyak Dr. Fox Island Fox Island Museum holds all records; 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
471501N / 123811W
German Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery 158th Ave. KPS at T intersection with 24th St KPS; west side of intersection Lakebay German Evangelical Lutheran Church; 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG 47.2349 / 122.74876
Gethsemane Cemetery (formerly St. George's RC; includes Old Settlers of Spring Valley) Pierce ~ King county line Federal Way Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Seattle; Researcher vol. 7 no. 2    
Gig Harbor Cemetery (aka Old Gig Harbor; Crescent Valley); est. Aug. 28, 1891 At intersection of Crescent Valley Dr. NW and 22nd Dr. NW continue to the dead end; go left down winding narrow road to gate at 10399 Gig Harbor Dr. NW Gig Harbor 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG
IN
47.35149 / 122.57163
Glacier Park Cemetery (see Eatonville Cemetery)   Eatonville      
Graham Pioneer Cemetery (see Old Pioneer)   Graham      
Gravelly Lake Cemetery (see Old Settlers)   Lakewood  
IN
 
Greenwood Cemetery (see Rosedale)   Rosedale (Key Peninsula)      
Hales Passage Cemetery (see Cromwell)   Gig Harbor      
Haven of Rest Memorial Park 8503 State Hwy 16; accessed from west bound direction only Gig Harbor Cemetery Office FAG 4733417 / 12260222
Henry Allen Gravesite (see Allen Gravesite)   Mt. Rainier     FAG
Hillcrest Cemetery (see McNeil Island)       FAG  
Hillhurst Burial Site not open to public Ft. Lewis firing range      
Home Cemetery   Home Peninsula Heritage Land Trust, Gig Harbor ??; 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG  
Home of Peace Jewish Cemetery (includes Chevra Kadisha) 5421 Steilacoom Blvd Lakewood Home of Peace Cemetery Association 253.564.7101; Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State website FAG 47.17788 122.50929
Indian Cemetery (see Rainier Cemetery)   Eatonville / Tanwax      
Indian Henry Cemetery (See Mashell Prairie)   Eatonville      
Indian Willard Cemetery (see Firwood)   Fife / Puyallup      
Jensen Pioneer Cemetery Next to South Pierce Fire & Rescue Station on Hwy 7, (Mountain Hwy) & 340 St East Eatonville   FAG  
Jeschke Cemetery not open to public Ft. Lewis firing range Pioneer Cemeteries on Ft Lewis Reservation website FAG  
King Hill Pioneer Cemetery not open to public Ft. Lewis firing range 79 Researcher vol. 3 no. 3; TPCGS Family Line Research; see Pioneer Cem. on Ft. Lewis website FAG
USGW
 
Knights of Pythias Cemetery (see Wilkeson Town)   Wilkeson   FAG  
Lake Tapps Cemetery Lake Tapps Hwy. Lake Tapps      
Lakebay Cemetery East of KP Hwy. South on Cornwall Rd KPS; adjacent to Lakebay Community Church parking lot Lakebay Lakebay Cemetery Association; 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG 47.2566 / 122.76209
Lakewood Masonic Cemetery (see Masonic)   Lakewood      
Lakewood Memorial Gardens IOOF Cemetery West of Home of Peace Cemetery on Steilacoom Blvd. Lakewood Researcher vol. 5 no. 2; TPCGS Family Line Research USGW  
Leshi Nisqually Cemetery   Nisqually Nisqually Cemetery Committee, 4820 SHE NAH NUM Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98512;Nisqually Tribe Cemetery Committee website*    
Longbranch Cemetery KP Hwy. South at 46th St. KPS, across road from Longbranch Community Church Longbranch Longbranch Cemetery Association; 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG 47.21566 / 122.7589
Lowell Stockman Burial Site (see Stockman)   Packwood   FAG  
Mahon Family Cemetery adjoins Brookdale G.C. Spanaway Researcher vol. 3 no. 1; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
USGW
 
Mashell Prairie Indian ~ Shaker Church Cemetery Mtn. Hwy. / Route 7 (Mashell Prairie Rd) west of Eatonville heading toward Mt. Rainier; look for a big open area with a graveled road that goes off to the right. Approximately two miles back is a fenced area with a monument to Indian Henry Eatonville Puyallup Tribe ?; www.eatonvillenews.net/sootoolick.html; and also www.wagenweb.org/pierce/ancestors/IndianHenry.htm FAG  
Masonic Cemetery (aka Steilacoom Masonic) 120 St. SW & Far West Dr. SW Lakewood   FAG 47.14957 / 122.57380
McChord Air Force Base Memorial Grove   McChord AFB   FAG  
McNeil Island Cemetery (aka Hillcrest); closed and bodies reinterred off island   McNeil Island     47.21371 / 122.6942
Mineral Cemetery East Front St. Mineral, on Lewis / Pierce Co. line   FAG  
Minter Cemetery (aka Elgin, Minter Pioneer, Mary A Doyle & Lola Moss Cemetery) 118 Av NW at Creviston Dr NW ? Appears as overgrown pvt. property Purdy Haven of Rest ?; 929.5/G367G at TPL; Researcher vol. 1 no. 2; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG 4732944N / 12264472 ???
Mountain View Memorial Park 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW Tacoma Cemetery Office FAG 47.1792 / 122.4929
Muck Creek (close to Bethany Lutheran - may be part of )   Spanaway Bethany Lutheran office    
New Tacoma Cemetery 9221 Chambers Creek Rd. W. University Place Cemetery Office FAG 47.20149 / 122.55985
Niemann Family cemetery (see Vaughn Bay)   Vaughn      
Nisqually Indian Burial Grounds Fort Lewis DuPont Nisqually Cemetery Committee, 4820 SHE NAH NUM Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98512;Nisqually Tribe Cemetery Committee website*    
Oakwood Hill Cemetery (includes Old County Cemetery) 5210 S. Alder Tacoma Cemetery Office; 929.5/C138C at TPL FAG 47.20927 / 122.47707
Old County Cemetery (aka Pauper Cemetery) see Oakwood Hill   Tacoma      
Old Gig Harbor Cemetery (see Gig Harbor Cem.)   Gig Harbor      
Old Lakewood I.O.O.F. Cemetery (see Lakewood Memorial Gardens)   Lakewood      
Old Masonic Cemetery (see Masonic)   Steilacoom      
Old Pioneer Catholic Cemetery (within Calvary) 7201 54th Ave West at 72 St. Tacoma   FAG  
Old Puyallup Indian Cemetery (aka Cushman) 2232 E. 28th St. Tacoma Researcher vol. 4 no. 1-3 and vol. 7 no. 4 FAG  
Old Settlers Cemetery (aka Gravelly Lake) Washington Blvd. SW Lakewood Pierce County Parks & Recreation maintains grounds only; 929.3 T119O at TPL; Researcher vol. 4 no. 3 FAG
IN
470859N / 1223252W
Old Settlers of Spring Valley Cemetery (see Gethsemane) Pierce ~ King county line Federal Way      
Old Tacoma Catholic Cemetery (see Calvary)   Tacoma     47.21177 / 122.4779
Old Tacoma Cemetery (maintained by New Tacoma Cemetery) 4801 S. Tacoma Way Tacoma Office onsite and at New Tacoma Cemetery office FAG 47.21177 / 122.4779
Orting IOOF Cemetery - includes GAR section Nearest address: 19713 Orting-Kapowsin Hwy East Orting Town hall ? FAG 47.07890 / 122.23163
Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery East end of 136th St. East, adjacent to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Parkland Church office; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
USGW
 
Pauper Field (see Old County Cemetery)   Tacoma   FAG  
Pederson Family (see Victor Cemetery)   Victor (Key Peninsula)      
Pioneer Cemetery (see Rainier Cemetery)   Eatonville      
Pioneer Cemetery (see Woodlawn Abbey)   Sumner      
Prairie Pioneer (see Calvary Catholic) 7201 54th Ave West at 72 St. Tacoma      
Puyallup Cemetery (see Woodbine)   Puyallup   FAG  
Puyallup Tribal (see Old Puyallup Indian) 2232 E. 28th St. Tacoma   FAG  
Rainier Cemetery (aka Stringtown Rd. Cemetery) Stringtown Road Eatonville / Tanwax   FAG
IN
USGW
46.88705 / 122.32873
Rainier Cemetery (Thurston County) near SR 507 bet. Yelm and Rainier, Thurston Co. Researcher vol. 5 no. 4 FAG 4689835N / 1226713W
Rocky Ridge Cemetery (see Bethany Lutheran)   Spanaway      
Rosedale (aka Greenwood) Cemetery 7801 Rosedale St. NW Rosedale 929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website FAG 47.32944 / 122.64472
Ross Family Cemetery not open to public Ft. Lewis firing range Pioneer Cemeteries on Ft Lewis Reservation website FAG  
Roy Cemetery 288th St South Roy Cemetery Office; Researcher 8:3 ; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
495948N / 1223219W
Scandinavian Lutheran Cemetery (see Cromwell)   Gig Harbor      
Schultz Acre Cemetery (see Spanaway Lutheran)   Spanaway      
Sequalitchew Indian Cemetery   DuPont / Nisqually Nisqually Cemetery Committee, 4820 SHE NAH NUM Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98512;Nisqually Tribe Cemetery Committee website*    
Shaker Church Cemetery (see Mashell Indian)   Eatonville      
Smith Family Burial Site not open to public Ft. Lewis / Roy Pioneer Cemeteries on Ft Lewis Reservation website FAG  
Soldiers Home cemetery (see WA Soldiers Home)   Orting   FAG  
Spanaway Catholic Cemetery (aka East Side) 1/4 mile east of Mtn. Hwy. on 176th St. at A Street Spanaway Researcher vol. 2 no. 4; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG  
Spanaway German Lutheran Cemetery (includes Schulz Acre) E. 176th & B Street Spanaway TPCGS Family Line Research FAG  
Spanaway Schulz Acre (see Spanaway German Lutheran)   Spanaway      
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Columbarium 7410 South 12th Tacoma Church office    
St. George Catholic Cemetery (see Gethsemane)   Tacoma      
St. Luke's Church Columbarium 3615 N. Grove Tacoma Church office FAG  
Steilacoom Masonic Cemetery (see Masonic)   Steilacoom TPCGS Family Line Research FAG  
Stockman Burial Site   Packwood   FAG  
Stringtown Road Cemetery (see Rainier Cemetery)   Eatonville      
Sumner Pioneer Cemetery (est.1864) 12324 Valley Ave East Sumner Cemetery Clerk, 1104 Maple St.    
Sumner Town Cemetery (est.1902) 12324 Valley Ave East Sumner Cemetery Clerk, 1104 Maple St. FAG
IN
 
Tacoma Cemetery (see Old Tacoma)   Tacoma   FAG  
Tacoma Mausoleum 5302 S. Junett Tacoma Mausoleum office FAG  
Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery - adjacent to Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery 13600 8th Av, 2 blocks north of 138th St. Parkland Church office FAG 47.1326 / 122.41957
Valhalla Memorial Park (see Trinity Lutheran)   Parkland      
Vaughn Bay Cemetery (aka Bayview Cemetery or Niemann Family) 186th Av KP North near Bay View Rd. KPN Vaughn (Key Peninsula) Vaughn Bay Cemetery Association; R929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website; Researcher vol. 10 no. 2-3; TPCGS Family Line FAG 47.34782 / 122.78545
Victor Cemetery (aka Pederson Family) East Victor Rd at 144th St. KP North Victor, Pierce ~ Mason line Haven of Rest ?;929.5/G367G at TPL; See Artondale Cemetery Association website   47.38921 / 122.80113
Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery 19503 Orting-Kapowsin Hwy. East = nearest address Orting Office; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
47.0809 / 122.2072
Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery Steilacoom Blvd. Lakewood Grave Concerns c/o Western State Hosp., 9601 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood WA 98489; See Graves Concerns website FAG  
White River Cemetery (see Buckley)   Buckley      
Wilkeson - Catholic Cemetery (aka Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery) Hwy. 165 / Church St. Buckley Saint Aloysius Parish PO Box H Buckley, WA 98321 360-862-6014; WA State Digital Archives; TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
470343N / 1220308W
Wilkeson Town Cemetery (aka Knights of Pythias) John's Road at Hwy. 165 Wilkeson TPCGS Family Line Research FAG
IN
470649N / 1220321W
Willard Cemetery (see Firwood Indian)   Fife / Puyallup TEL (253) 761-7533    
Woodbine Cemetery 702 21st Ave SW Puyallup Puyallup City Hall FAG 47.17093 / 122.30179
Woodlawn Abbey Mausoleum 12421 Valley Av East Sumner Cemetery Clerk, 1104 Maple St. FAG
USGW
 
Wren Family Pioneer Burial Site not open to public Ft. Lewis firing range Pioneer Cemeteries on Ft Lewis Reservation website FAG  
Yelm Rainier Cemetery 11540 Cemetery Rd SE, Yelm Thurston Co. Researcher vol. 5 no. 4    

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