Gillespie Butte & Cemetery

April 9, 2005

What a surprise! It was a sunny day for our short mile hike from Starbucks at Valley River to Gillespie Butte. We crossed east over the bridge, left on Willagillespie Road, right Clinton Road, and a right on Crenshaw Road which dead-ends at the cemetery road. The Gillespie Cemetery is a hillside landscape that was once part of the homestead of the Reverend Jacob Gillespie. Gillespie purchased the land claim from Adam Peek in 1852. In May of 1895 Jacob and Elizabeth Gillespie donated a parcel of land measuring 12 by 14 rods on the north end of Gillespie Butte to the Gillespie Cemetery Association to be used as a burial ground. The graves face eastward and markers are placed on the west end of the grave. Near a spectacular field of shooting stars and blooming lilacs, we located the graves of Jacob Gillespie and his wives, Amelia and Elizabeth Goodpasture. Sherry Perry was pleased when she located several of her husband’s relatives’ graves. Janet read some information written by member, Karen Siedel, about the Woodsman of the World (WOW) monument of James Armitage. From there we walked to the top of the butte for views of the city. We wondered if Gillespie and other settlers enjoyed picnics from this lovely spot. On the way back to Valley River Center, we met up with Bonnie Richman on her bicycle looking for us. She misunderstood where we were meeting. Several of us walked back to show her the way to this interesting Eugene landmark. Hikers were: Gail Berge, Joan Bradley, Jean Coberly, Jane Hackett, Janet Jacobsen (leader), Barbara Morgan, Sherry Perry and Barbara Revere.

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