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

University of Texas Press
February 2003
First Edition
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Texas Cemeteries: The Resting Places of Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Interesting Texans Overview

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.


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

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.


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

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Locating the Cemetery and Gravesite You Are Seeking5
Tips on Finding the Cemetery5
County Road Maps from the Texas Department of Transportation5
County Genealogical Societies6
The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library6
U.S. Geological Survey Resources6
Using GPS7
Skipping Stones--Tips for Finding a Gravesite8
Contact the Cemetery's Administrator8
Check for Local Cemetery Associations8
Search East to West9
Find the Large Upright Monuments and Mausoleums9
Know the Deceased's Date of Death10
Look for Texas Historical Markers10
Use the Burial Lists at National Cemeteries10
Shooting Stones--Taking Great Photos in a Cemetery12
Equipment12
Composition Tips13
Clean Up the Area
Consider the Point of View
Choosing the Right Film for Your Camera15
Using a Tripod15


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

Book Info

  • Book Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9780292734661
  • ISBN-10: 0292734662
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Number of Pages: 284
  • Dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.77 (d)
  • Approx Price: $48.00
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