I don’t want to look like I spend a lot of time visiting the graves of the famous but Seattle has a few on offer. Jimi was covered in this previous post and today’s is about a couple of other famous Seattle performers. Bruce Lee is buried in Lakeview Cemetery which is up on the hill between Lake Washington and Lake Union. Alongside him is buried his son Brandon. Brandon died during the filming of The Crow.
Their grave site brings a regular stream of visitors on a sunny day such as the one that took us there. The location is very pleasant with rolling hills and views to the water in both directions. We took a walk around a bit more of the cemetery and the following shots are of other locations we saw during our brief visit. It seems like somewhere that it will be worth spending longer to look around at a later date.
We were heading towards SeaTac to drop
a friend off at the airport. We were
coming in through Renton on a back road and had some time to spare so I made a
quick diversion to a local cemetery.
This is the final resting place of Jimi Hendrix. I had been meaning to check this out for a
while and this was the first good opportunity.
It is a nicely laid out shrine to Jimi. Some graphics of him are engraved in the stone of the structure and there is a guitar sculpture at its center. A bunch of different picks are inserted in the sculpture by visiting fans. Flowers are growing around the base of the shrine. I imagine that there are plenty of visitors throughout the year although we were the only ones on this Friday afternoon.
One of the lesser known parts of Maui is the grave of Charles Lindbergh. I find his aviation feats to be impressive but there are other aspects to his personality that are often glossed over which are less sympathetic. However, we shall leave that to others to debate in other places. He spent the later years of his life on Maui and, when he became sick with cancer and could not be treated any further, he made sure to get back to Maui for his remaining days.
He is buried in a small churchyard on the south side of the island at the top of a cliff. It is a very picturesque location and quite different to what you might expect for someone who was so famous in his day. It is a very relaxing spot to stop off at if you are passing by. The story behind some of the others buried nearby is equally interesting…