Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

Help us ensure that the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

benefits the community as a protected historical asset,

an educational resource, and

as a natural environment and urban green space.

Donations received as of October 5th are highlighted in green
Thank you Sutherlin visitors and donors, Mr. & Mrs. Anderson!

Donations received as of July 20 are highlighted in green
We are grateful for the generous donation from the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw
Special thanks to Marshfield High School ASB 8-9 for funding a panel!
Thanks also to the Marine Corps League-Coquille River Detachment
& a visiting MHS alum & her husband

Donations received as of May 31
Special thanks to the Coos Bay Garden Club & their members!

Donations received as of April 8
Donations received as of March 18


A citizen reported the missing headstone to the Park Police in ... SAN FRANCISCO!
The headstone of Clara and Joseph Bailey will be returned to its place in the cemetery.


The young daughter off Stephen S. & Jennie D. Bailey drowned in January, 1881. Joseph died as an infant.
Sadly, the headstone went missing near the end of January, 2017.

Students from the MHS Manufacturing Class install a grid panel at the entrance to the cemetery.
Students from the 8/9 Leadership class do some prep work and plant some spring bulbs.

Check the "Events" page for more information.

funding a new fence with a little help from a lot of friends!
Help us replace the deteriorating chain link fence along the boundary between
the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery and Marshfield High School
with new, ornamental, industrial-grade metal fencing.

With your generous contributions,
we have purchased enough panels & posts to complete 216 feet of fencing!
We still need about 5 more panels & posts, mounting brackets, and concrete mix.
The MHS Metals students will also need $$$ to complete
the informational panels alongside the main gate.


Partial funding for this project is provided by a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. 
Help us raise the additional funds needed by demonstrating your support and making a tax-deductible donation to the project at: 

Marshfield High School 
10th & Ingersoll 
Coos Bay OR 97420 

Thank you for your support!

Marshfield High School continues to be a major partner in the cemetery’s care.

Donations received for this project are deposited in a designated fund at the school.

Current view of Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery entrance
Current view of entrance and chain-link fence topped by barbed wire

digital rendition of cemetery entrance
Digital rendition of entrance with new gate, interpretive structures, and fence



Marshfield High School continues to be a major partner in the cemetery’s care.

Donations received for this project are deposited in a designated fund at the school. 


Historically, the cemetery served as the Coos Bay region’s primary burying ground in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries -- a place where the community could pay its respects to local citizens or just enjoy the natural setting. The Marshfield I.O.O.F. Cemetery Association first considered fencing the cemetery in 1913, as the article from the Coos Bay Times indicates. By the 1930s, however, the cemetery was falling into disrepair and has continued to suffer from periodic bouts of neglect and vandalism. Thirty years ago, in 1983, the cemetery was enclosed with “an eight-foot-high fence with barbed wire on top and a new gate” that was meant to limit visitors “to those persons having a legitimate purpose.” Perhaps this decision did deter some vandalism in the cemetery, but it also helped to turn the cemetery from a community focal point to a forgotten and forbidden place.

With community support, the condition of cemetery has improved in the last decade: a database makes it possible to locate those buried in the cemetery, attractive signs have been donated and installed at the cemetery, volunteers have removed invasive species from the landscape, and the City of Coos regularly cuts the grass. Now, p
lans are underway to consider new fencing, a gate, and interpretive signs. It is hoped that these improvements will demonstrate the community’s continuing commitment to the cemetery’s care and welcome the increasing number of visitors who visit this sacred place each year. Collaboration with the City, Marshfield High School, veterans' and other civic groups, as well as relatives who can be contacted will be essential in order to accomplish the project. To help with funding, a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will be sought.

*CEMETERY PLANS TALKED OVER" is from the Coos Bay Times,  June 11, 1913, page 1. 

A brochure may be downloaded on the Downloadable Files page.