Comet Lodge Cemetery
Seattle, King County, Washington

Date: July 02 2001

Cemetery: Comet Lodge Cemetery
Established: July 23 1880
Street: 2200 South Graham Street,
Type: Road-public
City: Seattle
County: King
State: WA
Nation: USA
Zip: 98108
Nearby: Interstate Highway 5
Location: Suburban-developed
Land: Hillside
Watersource: No
Features: 20 mature maple trees
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: None
Gate: None
Status: Abandoned
Size: Medium
Gravestones: 30
Oldest: July 23, 1880 Samuel Maple
Newest: Sept. 21, 1936 Lundin, Jewel GFH 3 yrs
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Buried: Yes
Removed: Yes
Weather problems: No
Pollution problems: No
Association: Yes
Records: Yes
Inventory: Yes
Records location: Combined lists exists researched from local records by John Dickinson and available at ( or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
VA: Gravestones-Overturned
VA: Gravestones-Broken
VA: Gravestones-Stolen
VA: Graves-Desecrated
Overgrowth: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Disturbing
Vegetation: Trees
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Drainage: Seasonal problem
Problem: Encroachment
Problem: Restricted access
Problem: Access denied
Problem: Apathy
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Restoration: Work underway - Minor improvements made
Owner: Regional government
Use: Recreational
Bordering: Residential
Change: Smaller
Reason: Housing
Visited: Occasionally
Archeology: No
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Date: Monday, July 02, 2001

Other Information

On November 2, 1987, the City of Seattle Engineering Department bulldozed the stones to the street, advised people that they are there for the taking (many were removed), dug a deep trench through the recorded gravesite of Getchell, Edmond P. BW 50 yrs Apr. 16, 1903 SW 1/4 91, and through "babyland" upon which there are now eleven houses. The residents built their homes with the assurances from the City that there was no graveyard near or beneath their homes. They are very disturbed by the reawaking of this cemetery. City of Seattle and King County filed frivilous lawsuits against John Dickinson and the US PER Council ( to prevent the graveyard's restoration. King County claims ownership (disputed) and proceeded to destroy the grounds under the direction of the Washington State Cemetery Association, by permanently setting the stones in their wrong locations and flatly denying the original boundaries and recorded locations. Here is a link to a 1910 photo showing perhaps 100 baby markers above the mourners' heads. These gravesites are now under 11 houses and city streets.


Submitted by:

name: John Dickinson
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