Monday, November 12, 2012

Bethel Cemetery, Whitman County , Wa

we were on our way to Spokane from grand coulee, stopping over at the magnificent Steptoe butte a real doozy to drive up...for me for some reason.
not at all like a mountain but like a big rock spiraling all the way up it with edge seemingly everywhere.
but we got there to the top after a quick stop over at this cemetery.

following  information taken from 
 wa state digital archives:

“Driving south on Hwy 195 from Thornton WA, when you reach Steptoe, turn east/left onto Scholz Rd and continue for .3mi. Cemetery will be seen on left side of road, on a hillside. The town of Steptoe is situated just north of where Hwy 23 intersects with Hwy 195.”

“This cemetery was established in 1882, however County court house records state it was established on Jun 21, 1884. That was probably the date they recorded it. “The cemetery contains 3 acres and is an endowment care cemetery, owned and maintained by the Bethel Cemetery Association in Steptoe WA. I found it in excellent condition.” Bethel Cemetery is located at Lat: 47° 00' 19"N, Lon: 117° 20' 46"W T17N R43E Sec 2
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