Texas Cemeteries

Texas Cemeteries : The Resting Places of Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Interesting Texans

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Winner, Journalistic Achievement Award, Texas Historical Foundation, 2004


From the simplest slab of weathered stone to the most imposing mausoleum, every marker in a Texas cemetery bears witness to a life that-in ways small or large-helped shape the history and culture of the state. Telling the stories of some of these significant lives is the purpose of this book. Within its pages, you'll meet not only the heroes of the Texas Revolution, for example, but also one of the great African American cowboys of the traildriving era (Bose Ikard) and the first woman in Texas elected to statewide office (Annie Webb Blanton). Visiting cemeteries from every era and all regions of the state, Bill Harvey recounts the histories of famous, infamous, and just plain interesting Texans who lie at rest in Texas cemeteries.



The book is organized alphabetically by city for easy reference. For each city, Harvey lists one or more cemeteries, giving their location and history, if significant. At the heart of the book are his profiles of the noteworthy people buried in each cemetery. They include not only famous but also lesser-known and even unknown Texans who made important contributions to the state in the arts, sports, business, military service, politics-truly every area of communal life. For those who want to visit these resting places, Harvey also includes tips on finding cemeteries, locating gravesites, and taking good photographs. Spend time with him in the graveyards of Texas, and you'll soon appreciate what fascinating stories the silent stones can tell.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 590g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 60 b&w illus.
  • 0292734662
  • 9780292734661

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Locating the Cemetery and Gravesite You Are Seeking

Tips on Finding the Cemetery

County Road Maps from the Texas Department of Transportation
County Genealogical Societies
The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library
U.S. Geological Survey Resources
Using GPS


Skipping Stones-Tips for Finding a Gravesite

Contact the Cemetery's Administrator
Check for Local Cemetery Associations
Search East to West
Find the Large Upright Monuments and Mausoleums
Know the Deceased's Date of Death
Look for Texas Historical Markers
Use the Burial Lists at National Cemeteries




Shooting Stones-Taking Great Photos in a Cemetery

Equipment
Composition Tips

Clean Up the Area
Consider the Point of View


Choosing the Right Film for Your Camera
Using a Tripod
Lighting
Shooting Flat Headstones
Shooting Upright Headstones
Using a Flash
Using Lens Filters


Around the State

Abilene
Acton
Alleyton
Amarillo
Anderson
Athens
Austin
Bastrop
Beaumont
Bigfoot
Blessing
Bonham
Brackettville
Brenham
Brownsville
Brownwood
Burton
Canyon
Chappell Hill
Cherry Springs
Claude
College Station
Colorado City
Columbus
Cool
Corpus Christi
Corsicana
Cottondale
Cuero
Dallas
Danville
De Kalb
Del Rio
Eagle Lake
Edinburg
El Paso
Ennis
Fort Davis
Fort Worth
Franklin
Fredericksburg
Galveston
Goliad
Gonzales
Goodnight
Greenville
Grit
Harlingen
Hempstead
Hillsboro
Houston
Hubbard
Huntsville
Independence
Indianola
Jefferson
Kingsville
La Grange
Laredo
Livingston
Losoya
Lubbock
Marfa
Marshall
Matagorda
Mercury
Mexia
Mountain Home
Nacogdoches
Navasota
New Braunfels
Newcastle
Norse
Oakland (Lavaca County)
Odessa
Old Noxville
Palestine
Palo Pinto
Paris
Peaster
Pecos
Port Neches
Proffitt
Quanah
Richmond
Rocksprings
Round Rock
Round Top
Salado
San Angelo
San Antonio
San Saba
Santa Anna
Seguin
Sherman
Stonewall
Tehuacana
Texarkana
Tyler
Utopia
Uvalde
Van Alstyne
Victoria
Waco
Weatherford
West Columbia
West Point
Wichita Falls
Wortham
Yoakum
Yorktown


Bibliography
Index
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About Bill Harvey

Bill Harvey traces his interest in Texas cemeteries to high school summers working in Fort Worth's Mount Olivet Cemetery. An avid student of Texas history, as well as an outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and photographer, he has worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin for nearly twenty years.
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