“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”? Maybe so, but Rudyard Kipling never visited Albany’s Masonic Cemetery, where east is west and west is east, and a visitor relying on the sign may get easily confused.
This is the cemetery off the north end of Broadway Street in west Albany. And as you can see, for visitors there’s a helpful marker near one of the entrances explaining the history of the cemetery. It even points out, more or less, the grave of Delazon Smith, cofounder of Albany’s first newspaper and one of Oregon’s first two U.S. senators. (He and his brother-in-law started the weekly Oregon Democrat on Nov. 1, 1859, mainly, as they said, “to make war on the Salem clique.”)
Just don’t try to get your bearings from the compass directions printed on the sign. There, north points in the direction of what is south on the map, and vice versa. No harm seems to have been done. There is no report of any living person getting lost in the cemetery and not being able to find his way out. (hh)