After hiking around Russ Park, I went on to wander Ferndale. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was founded in 1852 and prospered in the diary industry. I actually started by walking just outside the city limits to Saint Mary's Cemetery since I had passed distinctive cemetery on the way to Russ Park and noticed the smaller one right next to it.
|Saint Mary's Cemetery just outside Ferndale.|
Some of the family plots date back to the 1850s based on the dates. I quickly found Etter and Russ among them. I noted them because those names can also be found on the map. I climbed the hill and took a quick loop through the cemetery.
|There's quite a lot of concrete use.|
|Monterey cypress line the edges along with Douglas firs.|
I headed over to the Ferndale Cemetery for a similar stroll. It also dates back to the 1850s although there are a few earlier who were reburied from plots near homes. It is similarly constructed. A few of the plots have nice trees growing or other live flowers.
|Entry to the Ferndale Cemetery. The gates close at 6PM.|