Blue Mountain (Kees) Cemetery
 Established  in 1875 in the foothills of the Blue  Mountains of Northeast Oregon

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General History

Andrew F. Kees was born in Washington Co., Pennsylvania in 1817 and died in Umatilla Co., Oregon in 1886. In 1860 he married Nancy Osborn (a survivor of Whitman Massacre) and they settled 2 miles south of Weston. From his farmland Mr. Kees deeded 1 and 9/16 acres for a cemetery site in 1875.

All official records of the Blue Mountain Cemetery were destroyed. Fortunately, Mrs. E.C. Miley and Mrs. O'Neal spent many days researching and re-establishing the county records as complete as possible. The  list of burial sites is a completion of their efforts.

The following list of burial sites from the Blue Mountain Cemetery was compiled by Mrs. E.C. Miley and Mrs. O'Neal..

It appears that the first burial was that of David Thomas Lenox, a leader of the first wagon train over the Rockies in 1843.  Marcus Whitman joined the train as he was returning to the Washington territory from a trip to Washington D. C


Photos of  the grounds both before and after the most recent cleanup started in about 1968


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