Gulf Prairie Cemetery

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Gulf Prairie Cemetery is located in Jones Creek, Texas, off State Highway 36 and County Road 304[1] and was the original resting place of Stephen F. Austin.[2] While Austin's remains were later moved to Austin, Texas,[3] the ceremonies and details related to this transfer (October 18–20, 1910), are recorded in a book by Guy Morrisoncomp Bryan.[4] The Tomb of Stephen F. Austin is located in Gulf Prairie Cemetery.[5]

According to the historical marker placed at the Cemetery, the Cemetery was established in 1829.[6]

Other notable figures in Texas history who are buried there include Emily Austin Perry,[7] William Joel Bryan,[8] Henry William Munson,[9] Eliza M. Perry, descendants of James Franklin Perry and Emily Austin Perry, as well as people from the local area since 1829.

The cemetery was established as part of Peach Point Plantation.[10] Accordingly, some refer to the cemetery as "Peach Point Cemetery." One example is the account of Austin's removal.[11] The view from above is captured in Wikimaps.[12]

While the cemetery has many historical sites within its grounds, in June 2010, Gulf Prairie Cemetery was, itself, awarded an historical marker by the Texas Historical Society. The commemorative ceremony included a keynote speech by Marie Beth Jones, author of "Peach Point Plantation: the First 150 Years."

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Coordinates: 28°58′36″N 95°28′25″W / 28.9768°N 95.4736°W / 28.9768; -95.4736

Further reading[edit]

  • Marie Beth Jones, Peach Point Plantation: The First 150 Years (Waco: Texian Press, 1982), ISBN 0-9630042-0-4.