Willamette National Cemetery
At 269 acres, this cemetery is larger than many Portland city parks, and contains over 133,000 graves and veterans. Most of the time, the various roads and pathways are quiet, but there are several large celebrations here that bring large crowds. These include Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Due to the huge crowds that gather here during these events. the Willamette National Cemetery is by far the lagest and best known tourist attraction in the Lents area.
The cemetery is a Blue Star Memorial Highway site.
An outdoor theatre at the top of the hill is the usual site of the events at the cemetery.
- Historical Travel
Leach Botanical Garden and Manor House
Starting in 1931, the Leaches (she was an accomplished botanist, and he was a pharmacist) created an estate along the banks of Johnson Creek in southeast Portland. Their plant collection included a number of northwest species, but also included a huge number from all over the world. Today, the facility is on land belonging to the Portland Parks & Recreation, with the collection maintained by a group of volunteers.
Trails wander through the entire property, and there are some park benches throughout the place for people to stop and enjoy themselves and the beauty that surrounds them. Efforts are made to label all of the plants found there.
It should be noted that there are some regulations for those visiting, such as anyone under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult, pets are not allowed, and bicycles are not allowed on the trails.
The Leach Garden Manor House is an attraction all its own, as it is a reasonably popular place for weddings and other events. John Leach was also an accomplished craftsman, and this shows in the house and the garden, as some of his metal work is on display. The house interior is extremely attractive.
I have created a separate tip just for the Leach Garden Gift Shop.
If you decide to visit using public transit, you need to be very careful. There are no sidewalks along SE 122nd south of Foster Road, and the road is narrow and curvy. People do walk and jog along here, but only with some considerable hazards encountered. Buses that serve SE 122nd & Foster are bus route #10 and #71.
All of the photos were taken Feb 15, 2008. The garden is far more attractive to visit in the spring and summer, but the lack of leaves makes the garden easier to photograph due to there being more light coming in through the foliage.
- Hiking and Walking
- Museum Visits