Guardians of the Graves: The people working between the graves in Eugene Pioneer Cemetery

George Dull, groundskeeper of 24 years at Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, plans on being buried there–and has his own plot (Sam Marshall/Emerald).

For some students, it’s a popular place to run. Some simply ignore it. But the 16.5-acre Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1873, remains in large part a mystery to the students who walk through it.

But to a small group of men and women with deep roots in the Eugene community, the Pioneer Cemetery is familiar ground. They work dozens of hours each month beyond the sight of students, fueled by a sense of responsibility to preserve those buried there. For some of the volunteers, that includes their own ancestors.

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