THE HISTORY OF FAIRMOUNT

MEMORIAL

ASSOCIATION

SERVING THE INLAND NORTHWEST SINCE 1888

Fairmount Memorial Association has been privileged to serve families in the Greater Inland Empire area since 1888. Locally-owned since our inception, what began as a single location on the west side of Spokane now includes seven parks and cemeteries between the West Plains and the Spokane Valley.   

 

Fairmount Memorial Association believes it is our honor to serve your family, and we will exceed your expectations.

GROWING WITH THE NORTHWEST

Most of the parks and cemeteries the Association manages have their roots deep in local Northwest history, if not American history itself.   In fact, several parks are on properties originally acquired through Congressional land grants to incentivize the expansion of railroads to the Pacific Coast following the Civil War. 

 

Fairmount, Greenwood, and Woodlawn were each dedicated in the late 1800's to serve the city of Spokane Falls and its growing population.  Riverside and Pines Cemetery followed a few decades later with their dedication before the start of the first World War.  

Each of our parks is a memorial to the legacy of the pioneers and the citizens in our community and region.  We consider it a privilege to have been a part of  the Northwest community for over 130 years, and take pride in being a part honoring the lives of families for the next 130 years or more.

FAIRMOUNT MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION TIMELINE

Woodlawn Cemetery established by a Southern Methodist Church is established.  A year later, the name would be changed to Englewood Cemetery.  The original name would not be used for another 113 years.

1887

On May 11th of 1888, Greenwood Cemetery is established with A.M. Cannon as its first president. The cemetery consists of both the "flats" (lower terrace) and "bench" (middle terrace) which were developed together.  Greenwood would also be the new resting place for burials at the former Mountain View Cemetery.

1888

Fairmount Cemetery Association incorporates on May 29th of 1888.  Its primary incorporators were E. J. Webster, President of the Ross Park Electric Street Railway; D. T. Ham, a land speculator and developer; and J. L. Wilson, a U. S. Congressman and Senator.  Later, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Washington Territory purchases several blocks for consecrated Catholic burial grounds.

1888

Riverside Park Company is founded on October 31st, 1907 as a municipal park company.

1907

To support the burial needs of the communities of Opportunity, Dishman, Vera and the Spokane Valley, the Opportunity Cemetery Association establishes Pines Cemetery.

1907

On Nov. 27 1914 Riverside Park Company changes to a cemetery with a change in name to Riverside Park Cemetery. The entry gate and arches were designed by noted architect Kirtland Cutter.

1914

Peace Abbey Mausoleum is completed, built by Smith & Company Funeral Home.

1917

Greenwood Cemetery expands beyond the 'bench' and 'flats' to develop the Upper Terrace.

1929

Riverside Park Cemetery acquires Greenwood Cemetery.

1930

Riverside Mausoleum is completed in a Spanish Colonial style by the firm of Ring & Van Tyne.

1931

The Northwest Memorial Gardens Corporation purchases 160 acres from the Northern Pacific Railway to establish Spokane Memorial Gardens.

1953

Riverside Park Cemetery changes its name to Riverside Memorial Park.

1962

To reflect its evolution to a modern memorial park, Greenwood Cemetery changes its name to Greenwood Memorial Terraces.

1962

Both Greenwood and Riverside fall into a state of disrepair and ultimately under Federal Receivership.

1965

The majestic glass and masonry Sunset Chapel and Mausoleum is completed, designed by architect Carl Van Tyne.

1966

Fairmount Memorial Association acquires Greenwood and Riverside from receivership.

1971

Fairmount Memorial Association acquires Spokane Memorial Gardens.

1973

Heritage Funeral Home was opened with a new facility and crematory at the entrance to Riverside Memorial Park

1995

After decades of neglect, Fairmount Memorial Association is deeded Woodlawn Cemetery from Spokane County and undertakes a project to rehabilitate the cemetery, which was completed in 2003.

2000

Community Cremation & Funeral (now Pacific NW Cremation) was established.

2006

Opportunity Cemetery Association establish South Pines Cemetery on 69 acres of land.

2007

Fairmount Memorial Association adds Pines Cemetery and South Pines Cemetery.

2013

MORE ABOUT FAIRMOUNT MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

A visit to any of our parks is an an experience to participate in a connection to our collective past, grounded in the present and planned for the future.  Being a steward of this connection is an honor for all of us at Fairmount Memorial Association.  This stewardship starts with ensuring that every final resting place and family is memorialized with honor following their wishes and those of their loved ones and family.   This responsibility requires a disciplined financial resolve to ensure each park is fully endowed, that we celebrate the memories of those who have passed while celebrating life today, that we support other organizations that share our values, and that we continue to respect and share the greater story and legacy of all the lives and their integral connections to the Inland Northwest, the nation and the world. 

 

Below are more links to information about our mission, leadership, history, community engagement, and the story of all of us. 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Meet the executives and management of Fairmount Memorial Association

ABOUT FMA

Learn about Fairmount Memorial Associations deep connections to Spokane's past.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

We're always looking for compassionate, caring people who want to make a difference.

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9797
Spokane, WA 99209

Corporate Office:

822 N Government Way 

Spokane WA 99224 

information@fairmountmemorial.com

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FAIRMOUNT MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

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