Brumbaugh Cemetery is pretty much your typical, small cemetery set along a rural Oregon road. The land was donated by Samuel Brumbaugh, an early resident of the Walden area just east of Cottage Grove. Additional land was later donated by Mr. & Mrs. R.G. Land and the Booth-Kelly Company who donated an acre each. Though the sign at the front says this cemetery originated in 1871, the book Golden was the Past says the land was donated about 1860.
A young girl by the name of Janie Lee was the first resident of the cemetery. Her grave stone is simple and gives no indication of when she was born or when she died. When I visited last weekend, I saw that she was surrounded by other members of the Lee family, and it is this aspect that I like about small, rural cemeteries – the way that family plots let you trace family relationships over many generations. Also in the cemetery is Samuel Brumbaugh who shares a prominent headstone with his wife Lydia.
The Brumbaughs were one of the first families to settle in this area, and the creek you can hear while visiting the cemetery used to be called Brumbaugh River, later the name was changed to Mosby Creek.
The “Find A Grave” website says there are 271 people in this small cemetery and I was surprised with how recent many of the graves are. In fact, looking through their list of interments, only 12 people were laid to rest here before 1900 – both the elder Brumbaughs and at least six children.
I should probably fess up right now… I happen to love cemeteries, and I am surprised that I’ve been writing this blog for over a year and a half and have yet to feature even one. Since I realize many people don’t love a good cemetery like I do, I’ll try to keep my posts about them at a minimum.
We stumbled across the Brumbaugh Cemetery as we were searching out Blue Mountain Park last December. It is just 6 miles from Cottage Grove – head east on Main Street which will eventually become Mosby Creek Road, about 5.5 miles later when Mosby Creek Road takes a hard left, keep going straight on Blue Mountain Road. The Brumbaugh Cemetery is on your left.