1846

Year local landowner J.B. Stephens buried his father in what eventually became Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland’s first official cemetery

$10

Price of a burial plot at Lone Fir in 1866

$1,700

Price of an adult gravesite and temporary concrete marker today

$50,000

Maximum fine an Oregon court may impose for defacing a historic gravesite

$195

Rental cost for a white Cadillac hearse from Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial

100

Approximate number of volunteers who served at Lone Fir Cemetery’s annual Tour of Untimely Departures on Halloween night, 2009

75

Score needed to pass the Oregon embalmer funeral-service exam

0

Toxins used to produce a biodegradable, sustainably harvested “natural” casket from Portland Natural Caskets

$67,000

Average price of modern Egyptian-style mummification

36

Degrees Fahrenheit at which humans must, by law, be refrigerated 24 hours after death

This article appeared in the October 2010 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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