Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington
Grandview Cemetery was established about 1895. Today it is sometimes referred to as the "Old Kettle Falls Cemetery". Grandview or Old Kettle Falls Cemetery once served the original town of Kettle Falls Washington. In about 1939 when the Grand Coulée Dam was finished, the town was flooded when the reservoir behind the dam filled. The old town of Kettle Falls was located on the flats below the cemetery. The town was moved before the waters rose and Kettle Falls merged with another town called Meyers Falls. The new town took the name of Kettle Falls and is located about 5.1 km NE of the cemetery.
Grandview Cemetery overlooks the areas currently called Old Kettle Recreation Site and also the mouth of the Colville River. The cemetery is severely neglected and has been largely abandoned since the towns move. Trees, brush and weeds have overgrown the cemetery. The cemetery is fenced with a modern chain link fence and a new sign was erected at some point. The fenced area is very large but does not seem to have burials in all locations. You can still identify the original roadways and design of the cemetery and at one time it must have been very nice and been well planned out.
To get to Grandview Cemetery go west on Highway 395. Pass through the town of Kettle falls and keep driving west on 395 until you are almost to Lake Roosevelt. Right before the bridge that crosses over Lake Roosevelt turn left on Boise Rd. Follow Boise Rd and it will turn into Kettle Park Rd. Kettle Park Rd ends at Lake Roosevelt and there is a turn around with picnic tables and a view of the lake. Right before you enter the turn around there is an unmarked dirt road to your left (actually called Carson Flats Rd.) Turn on this dirt unmaintained road and follow it until you see the cemetery on your left. An unlocked gate can be found farther up the road.
Lat: 48° 34' 36"N, Lon: 118° 05' 55"W
T36N R37E Sec 36
Transcribed by Maggie Rail, © Aug 28, 2000, last edited Jan 29, 2016 [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Total records = 64.
To reach this cemetery from Hwy 395, driving west from Kettle Falls, WA, turning left or south onto Hwy 25, continue for about 1.7 miles. Turn right onto the unmarked Kettle Falls Landfill Road just after the culdesac, the cemetery will be on your left in in about 1.5 mile, sitting atop a hill amid evergreen trees.
Grandview cemetery was established about 1895 as the Kettle Falls Cemetery. Today it is often referred to as the "Old Kettle Falls Cemetery" which the sign at the cemetery says. I do not know when the name was changed to Grandview Cemetery. This cemetery is maintained by the Grandview Cemetery Association.
After transcribing this cemetery, I find out there are two older Kettle Falls cemeteries. This one and another one called IOOF Cemetery. I have the deed for the IOOF Cemetery and it appears to be the second one, as it was established in 1913. Is there anyone who knows where a list of those buried in the IOOF Cemetery could be found, I would love to obtain a copy? I have found it's location and it is apparently now underwater, being one of the flooded cemeteries from the Columbia River raising.
It was evident when we were there that someone is working on Grandview, to restore this long uncared for cemetery. A new fence and sign are completed, clearing out around all the headstones has been done, plus an area for commemorating veterans was built in the center of the cemetery with a special place to display the flag. There is a great deal of unused land available for many more burials.
A sheet hangs on a board at each of the two entrances to the cemetery listing burials in the cemetery. When I finished compiling what Vicki Morris and I read, I compared with this list. An asterisk * has been placed after any additional listings from this sheet. This means there is no headstone for those with an asterisk. I also compared with a reading done by EWGS pub. 1976, 'Stevens County Cemeteries', a double asterisk ** is after any addition from that work.
This cemetery was walked by Vicki Morris and I on Aug 16, 2000, using a digital camera. Any additions after that date came from obits.
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