Normal Hill Cemetery

1122 7th Street, Lewiston, ID

40 acre municipal cemetery established in 1889


Normal Hill Cemetery

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2007




Lewiston's first city cemetery was established in 1862. The eight acre "boot hill" had fallen into disrepair and was straining its limits by December, 1888 when the city council decreed that no further interments should be made there. The old cemetery was redeveloped as Pioneer Park and those buried there were removed to a new 40 acre site further from the city center.

Exhumations and reburials were carried out between 1889 and 1893. Normal Hill Cemetery has been in continuous operation ever since and to date over 19,000 people have been buried there. The cemetery which has separate I.O.O.F., Masonic and Pythian sections in addition to the municipal ones is the final resting place of a diverse population drawn from the far corners of the earth, Its memorials are inscribed not only in English but in Chinese, French and German among others.


19th Century (37,874)
Built 1889 (691)
Built during 1880s (6,490)
Cemetery (1,144)
Idaho (1,148)
Nez Perce County, Idaho (32)
Open to the public (3,275)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2018: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark
  • May 26, 2018: Added by Richard Doody