"Grand Army of the Republic Cemetary" Capitol Hill Off The Beaten Path Tip by glabah
Capitol Hill Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 5 photos
I stumbled across this memorial completely by accident. It is a small memorial to the war dead, including a flag pole and a bulletin board of upcoming events.
The cemetary was established in 1895, as the Seattle area was rapidly losing its veterans of the Civil War. The cemetary area also includes an open grass area on the west side of the park, which is empty of graves and is a place designated for people to walk there dogs, in order to prevent people from having the temptation to allow their pets relieve themselves on the graves or near the graves. It is not allowed to have pets in the cemetary area itself. As seen in photo three, this open grass area is separated from the cemetary by a very low shrub line so there should be no question as to what section is off limits to pets.
While Howe street is narrow and paved, the entry driveway for the cemetary is dirt and appears essentially unchanged since the cemetary was created in 1895. You may well be walking on the very dirt upon which Seattle's Civil War veterans were brought in to be laid to rest. The brick entryway is fairly new, however, having been completed only a few years ago. Across the dirt driveway from the entryway is an engraved memorial stone.
In our youth our hearts were touched wth fire
We have shared
The incommunicable experience of war
We have felt, we still feel
The passion of life to the top
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Along with the official web site of the City of Seattle (below), the park also has a "Friends of the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetary" group with a web site as well:
Other than a gravel turn-around for vehicles, a brick entry way, the graves, and a flagpole, there is little in this park, and the graves are all very simple stones, which is probably to be expected: the usual people that fought in that war were not wealthy, and probably died without much available to spend on grave stones.
In order to help with the upkeep of the cemetary, visitors are requested to not leave any plastic or other artificial flowers on the grave stones.
How to Get Here:
North on 15th Avenue East until you pass Volunteer Park and the Lakeview Cemetary. Turn left onto E Howe Street. Cemetary is on north side of the road, slightly west of 14th Street and east of 12th Street. Bus route is trolley bus route number 10, from downtown Seattle, which stops at Grandview Place and E Garfield Street. Route 49 at 10th and Howe is closer, but requires somewhat of an uphill climb to get to the cemetary.