Historic cemetery vandalized again

The Luper Pioneer Cemetery has been around since the mid-1800's and it has been a target to vandalism.

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 5:20 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A historic cemetery has always been a target of vandalism and was recently struck again. 

The Luper Pioneer Cemetery dates back to the 1800's and is a historic site for the community to enjoy. However, recently, vandals removed some of the gravestones from the property and broke several others.

"Actually, someone found the two footstones out on River Road, right when you turn left to come in here," Peter Thurston, the president of Luper Cemetery, said.

Thurston said the property has been vandalized before because it is a usual hangout for teenagers who want to party and tell ghost stories. He said he has seen trash left behind and gravestones broken before. 

He said he is not sure if teenagers were the culprits in the recent case, but he said it needs to stop.

"They need to read the material on our kiosk that says don't mess with our stones," Thurston said.

He said the cemetery is more than history. He said it's also about the community that has been able to come together because of it, which is why maintaining it is so important.

"It really came from the community, they came out and said we have to uncover this," Thurston said.

Over the years, community members and organizations have worked to maintain the property. Thurston said he welcomes the vandals to join in and help take care of the property. 

"Be a little more respectful, come forward and come on out and help us," Thurston said. "Keep the place in good shape."

The footstones are now back in place and repairs will be made to the gravestones that are broken. 

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