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First Cemetery | Cle Elum, WA

Walter J. Reed donated land to the community to be used as a cemetery around 1890.

This land was located on the brow of Number Seven Hill overlooking the town. Near the turn of the century, Mr. Reed also donated land to the city for the present Laurel Hill Cemetery near the highway on the west end of town and the graves from the Number Seven Hill cemetery were moved to that location.

In 1905, the Greenwood cemetery was located above South Cle Elum. This was later abandoned due to water seepage. Most of the graves from Greenwood cemetery were also moved to the Laurel Hill cemetery. (SWIFTWATER, History of Cle Elum 1848-1955, published by Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, 2014, Page 56)

Compiled by the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society

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