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Walker by Dianne West Short
In the old Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas is a headstone with
only two words on it, “Rope Walker.” Almost nothing is known of
the man in the grave except the manner of his death...
Emporia by Bob Bowman
It is on one of the most enduring mysteries in East Texas. In the
early 1900s, an explosion and fire struck the old Emporia sawmill
south of what is now Diboll. More than thirty sawmill workers, most
of them black, are believed to have perished in the conflagration.
Burned beyond recognition, the men were reportedly buried in a mass
grave somewhere on the Emporia town site, now a part of Diboll,
with no tombstones to mark their final resting place.
Man Two Graves by Mike Cox
Anyone wishing to visit the final resting place of John E. McGuire
is going to have to travel to two different cemeteries...
Thompson's Tombstone by C. F. Eckhardt
When the old Iron Front Saloon on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas
was torn down in the 1920s, a most peculiar object was found in
the basement. It was a fine marble tombstone—but there was no inscription
the Kid's Tombstoneby C. F. Eckhardt
Boy With Two Tombstones Or Iraan's “Little Boy Lost.”
by Mike Cox
"Ellis…Son of [missing] Born March 3, 1870 – Died Nov. 28,
1872." Not only was it odd to discover a tombstone in a flower
bed, the dates it bore presented a mystery on top of a mystery...
Quantrill buried in East Texas? by Bob Bowman
One of the most intriguing legends in East Texas claims that William
Clarke Quantrill, the guerrilla leader from the Civil War and the
mentor of the Younger and James brothers, is buried in Angelina
Rangers and Sam Houston's Grave by Mike Cox
The old Texas Rangers who gathered in Austin for a reunion in the
early fall of 1897 surely figured they had fought their last fight.
After all, they had battled and survived Mexican soldiers, Comanches
and outlaws. But that’s before they heard what some folks in Tennessee
were up to...
of the Famous by Bob Bowman
A reader called a few days ago, asking where John Wesley Hardin,
one of East Texas’ most famous outlaws, was buried. His call brought
up the question of where other famous people are buried in Texas
Island by Mike Cox
National Historic Site
The graveyard, accessible today only by boat or toll bridge, is
all that’s left of the Johnson Island Military Prison, a Lake Erie
facility that held an average of 2,500 Confederate prisoners – all
of them officers – throughout the Civil War...
the Polancio Grave Marker by Barclay Gibson
"Back in the 1870s a stage was attacked by Indians and a man,
Jose Maria Palancios, was killed. He was buried right where he fell,
at the base of the Peak and a crude rock slab had the information
scratched on it."
Wrong Grave by Bob Bowman
In East Texas, where John Alexander Greer spent his life, there
is the lingering question if his bones really lie beneath the Texas
State Cemetery tombstone...
see your old people, write it down by Delbert Trew
For reasons not understood yet, the past month has provided several
incidents in which cemeteries were included. As I review the various
happenings it gets a bit spooky at best.
Cemeteries by Mike Cox
Except for the occasional thunder-like sound of a jet taking off
or landing at Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport, the small
cemetery could be out in the middle of nowhere...
Everitt Rogers' Grave
Samuel Everitt Rogers, killed and scalped by Comanche Indians on
May 03, 1863, in Carlton, Texas.
Texas: The Stolz Name Is Written In Stone by H.H.Howze
“The faults of our brothers we write upon the sands. Their virtues
on the tablets of love and memory.”
in graveyards by Bob Bowman
"Traveling across East Texas, graveyard visitors are often
rewarded with... humorous and poignant tombstone inscriptions."
of Nicaragua Smith Still Haunts Graveyard by W. T. Block, Jr.
If you should ever pass near the Old City Cemetery in Galveston
on the night of January 8th, you might hear a screaming voice out
of the ocean mists...
Legend of Ann Eliza's Grave
" It soon became a byword among the Sabine River boatmen that
no other grave ever received more attention than that of Ann Eliza
Cemetery by Bob Bowman
"Cemeteries are not just resting places for the dearly departed;
they are also repositories of a community’s history--from its beginning
to the present. Such is Fairmount Cemetery, a well-kept graveyard
nestled among the pines and oaks of southeastern Sabine County,
near the Texas-Louisiana border."
War Casualties by John Troesser
Delhi, Smithville and Praha. Stone markers and chapels quietly reveal
where America gets its soldiers.
Grave by Mike Cox
A few folks knew of a solitary tombstone surrounded by a fence in
a live oak mott east of Menard off what locals call River Road (FM
by Mike Cox
If Sarah is buried in Bosque County, her tombstone either has been
lost or the devoted genealogists and grassroots historians who have
recorded most of the inscriptions in the county's 126 cemeteries
somehow have missed her. She needs to be found and a historical
marker placed at her grave.
in the Graveyard, Texas Cemetery Tales" by Olyve Hallmark Abbott.
A book review
and Corporal York: Lee County Cousins killed in the Great War. Giddings
Longley Does Not Get Along Well With Others. A
Visit to the Giddings City Cemetery
search of Robert Elgin: Houston's Glenwood Cemetery
Bessie: The Trial of the (19th) Century
in Texas - The Brides Wore Black: A look at Texas' most unique immigrant
The Double Hanging at Bellville in 1896
Graves of the 10th Cavalry Soldiers
Grave in Gonzales ( 1905 ) by Murray Montgomery
Still a mystery today.
Ate Albert Grape? And why is his Tombstone in Gonzales?