I ran a few errands this morning, and as I approached the turn into the WinCo parking lot I noticed a small cemetery on the side of the road. It’s surrounded on three sides by the WinCo parking lot, and on the other side is busy 212th.
From the car, I could see a handful of grave markers surrounded by a field of bright dandelions, and I knew I had to check it out!
It is the Saar Pioneer Cemetery, and was established in 1873 when former King County Councilman Peter Saar needed a place to bury his wife Margaret after she died giving birth to their 8th child. A swollen river kept him from burying her in the nearest cemetery.
Over time, other locals were added to the cemetery, the last known burial in 1949.
Her name was Myrtle Vinson. She lived from 1869 to 1908.
Thanks for being there for me, Myrtle. *wink*
For those of you in the Puget Sound area, now looks like a good time to head to Mt Vernon to check out the tulips! I’ve been watching this map for the last couple weeks and there are currently about 5 tulip fields in bloom!