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Willamette National Cemetery added to National Register of Historic Places

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Willamette National Cemetery (Source: Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.) Willamette National Cemetery (Source: Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Willamette National Cemetery is the latest historic site in Oregon to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Developed in 1950, Willamette National Cemetery spans 307 acres along Mt. Scott Boulevard in Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

The cemetery was authorized in 1941 but construction was delayed due to World War II.

Burials eventually began in 1951 and as of 2012, the cemetery contained the remains of 151,043 people, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Willamette National Cemetery is unique in that its graves are all marked with flat granite slabs rather than upright tombstones. Parks officials say this is in order to take advantage of the scenic nature of the cemetery's surroundings.

The cemetery is one of three national cemeteries in Oregon. The other two are located in Roseburg and Eagle Point.

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