Mad as the Mist and Snow
Exploring Oregon Through Its Cemeteries

by Johan Mathiesen

Mad as the Must and Snow
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ISBN 978-0-9796475-5-0


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"Part of the library you need in the back seat when you wander Oregon."
The Gresham Outlook

Oregon’s cemeteries tell the stories of pioneers, Native Americans, boom towns, and ghost towns. And many of these stories have long gone unheard.

Until now.

Mad as the Mist and Snow is a traveler’s guide to Oregon's most celebrated and unique cemeteries. Organized into 18 regions and including detailed driving directions, this book profiles more than 200 cemeteries, including such legendary cemeteries as Lone Fir, Jacksonville, and Willamette National.

Much more than a travel guide, this book illustrates how cemeteries have evolved and how Oregon’s cemeteries are still evolving.

Author Johan Mathiesen has traveled to each and every one of these cemeteries and provides detailed profiles that highlight unique historical events, famous residents, and the evolution of headstone designs. Mathiesen also highlights which cemeteries around the state should be on every traveler's and historian’s “must visit” list — and why.

Mad as the Mist and Snow, written for anyone interested in history, cemeteries, and Pacific Northwest culture, is the perfect guide for both day trips as well as extended explorations of Oregon’s eclectic and historic cemeteries.

Download a free PDF excerpt (6MB).

Learn more about author Johan Mathiesen.

Read Johan's article on cemeteries in the travel section of The Oregonian.

And click here to listen to Johan's interview with Eugene Public Radio.

Oregon Cemeteries in Google Maps
This map includes most of the cemeteries featured in the book. Please cross-check driving directions with at least one additional map before beginning your adventure.