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GULF PRAIRIE, TEXAS

Brazoria County, Gulf Coast
Gulf Prairie Cemetery
Highway 36.
In Jones Creek, near Freeport
12 miles South of Angleton
Population: 0

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Gulf Prairie cemetery scene
Cemetery Scene
Photo Courtesy Julie McConnell
Originally spelled Gulph Prairie, this was a settlement that predated the Texas Revolution. By the 1830s the community was settled by the Bryan, Perry, and Austin families - a fact attested to by the tombstones in the cemetery.

A post office operated at Gulf Prairie from 1848 to 1866 and the school reportedly had forty-one students in 1906. The cemetery and church are about all that remains of the community today.
The Church and Cemetery at Gulf Prairie
Photo Courtesy of Julie McConnell
The Cemetery:

The Gulf Prairie Cemetery was once a part of Peach Point Plantation. It was in use as early as 1829. The cemetery once held the remains of Stephen F. Austin, before they were moved to the State Cemetery in Austin. The diary of Mary Austin Holley describes Peach Point Plantation is some detail as well as other coastal towns like Matagorda.


Holley was a cousin of Stephen F. Austin and wrote the first accurate published observations of Texas. Stephen Austin had suffered from malaria for many months and was on his way to Peach Point when he died in Columbia after contracting pneumonia. His voluminus papers and correspondence was stored at Peach Point. His death occurred Dec. 27, 1836.
A particularly handsome headstone
Photo Courtesy Julie McConnell

Gulf Prairie historical marker

İ John Troesser

Photographer's Note: Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek:
It's quite tranquil and pretty, but if you visit during the summer make sure you bring some Off! The Church, appears to be quite old and is definitely still in service.

Brazoria County is loaded with pre-20th century history, but very little tangible evidence is left. It's cemeteries are the exception; history still seems to be very alive in them; not to mention that they are very picturesque and photogenic. Thanks. - Julie McConnell, July 06, 2002

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