Glenwood Cemetery (Houston, Texas)

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Coordinates: 29°45′56″N 95°23′07″W / 29.7656°N 95.3852°W / 29.7656; -95.3852

The Main entrance.
Gravesite of Howard Hughes and his parents at Glenwood Cemetery
Marker designating the gravesite of a citizen of the Republic of Texas
Sample of the monument architecture in Glenwood--this statue is commonly known as the Angel of Grief
Texas Historical Commission marker at gravesite of Republic of Texas President Anson Jones in Glenwood.

The Glenwood Cemetery is located at 2525 Washington Avenue in Houston, Texas. It was the first cemetery in Houston to be professionally designed and opened in 1871. The cemetery is situated between Washington Avenue on the North side and Memorial Drive on the South side, the latter overlooking Buffalo Bayou.

Buried in the cemetery is William P. Hobby, after whom Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, is named. In 1938, the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, known at the time as Houston Municipal Airport, was renamed "Howard Hughes Airport," but the name was changed back after people objected to naming the airport after a living person. This is also the location of pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley's family gravesite.[1] Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas, is also buried here.[2]

This historic cemetery is the final resting place of a number of individuals who were citizens of the short-lived Republic of Texas. The grave sites of those individuals have been designated with metal markers and are frequently decorated with the flag of the Republic and State of Texas.

Keith Rosen, a Houston area history professor quoted in the San Antonio Express-News, said that the cemetery is the "River Oaks of the dead."[1]

In 2003 the Houston Press ranked it as the "Best Cemetery".[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Davis, Rod. "Houston's really good idea Bus tour celebrates communities that forged a city." San Antonio Express-News. Sunday August 3, 2003. Travel 1M. Retrieved on February 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Best of Houston® /// People & Places /// 2003 Glenwood Cemetery Best Cemetery". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ a b Feldman, Claudia. "Drug allegations rock grieving West U families." Houston Chronicle. August 30, 2009. Retrieved on February 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Joe Holley (October 30, 2015). "Mother of Houston misses out on naming rights". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 

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