The Five Austin Public Cemeteries

The Five Austin Public Cemeteries

Oakwood

1601 Navasota

Established: 1839

Size: 40 acres

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Unsold plots: None

Status: The city's original municipal graveyard, it was completely sold out by the early 1900s. There are still occasional burials on family plots.

Notable interments: Susanna Dickinson Hannig (1814–1883), most notable survivor of the Battle of the Alamo; James Stephen Hogg (1851–1906), first native-born governor of Texas; Andrew Jackson Zilker (1858–1934), innovator of Zilker Park.

Plummers

1150 Springdale

Established: Precise date unknown, but likely 1898 as a folk cemetery

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Size: 8 acres

Unsold plots: None

Status: No longer in regular use.

Notable interments: Tom Sylvester Plummer (1902–1986), first black deputy sheriff in Travis County.

Oakwood Annex

1601 Comal

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Established: 1914

Size: 22 acres

Unsold plots: None

Status: Opened as an extension for the main Oakwood, it also sold out by the Thirties.

Notable interments: Dr. Robert John Brackenridge (1839–1918), physician; Goodall H. Wooten (1869–1942), physician and president of Austin Chamber of Commerce; Lala Fay Watts (1881–1971), suffragist and first Texas child welfare inspector.

Evergreen

The Five Austin Public Cemeteries
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3304 E. 12th

Established: 1926

Size: 30 acres

Unsold plots: 400

Status: The city's historic African-American cemetery, still in regular use.

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Notable interments: Willie Mae Kirk (1921–2013), civil rights activist; Dick "Night Train" Lane (1927–2002), Pro Football Hall of Famer; Oscar L. Thompson (1907–1962), first African-American graduate of UT-Austin.

Austin Memorial Park

2800 Hancock

Established: 1927 as a private entity; sold to city in 1941

Size: 86 acres

Unsold plots: 33,040

Status: The city's most heavily used cemetery, with over 200 interments a year.

Notable interments: James A. Michener (1907–1997), Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Zachary Thomson Scott Jr. (1914–1965), actor in Academy Award-nominated film The Southerner; Frank Hamer (1884–1955), Texas Ranger who led the hunt for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934; Bibb Augustus "Jockey" Falk (1899–1989), Texas Baseball Hall of Famer.

For More Info

The Save Austin's Cemeteries website is www.sachome.org.

For info on the Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota, see www.cemetery.state.tx.us.

And the Austin Genealogical Society maintains a list of some 273 private cemeteries in Travis County: www.austintxgensoc.org/cemeteries.

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