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Weatherford in Parker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old City Greenwood Cemetery

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 24, 2003
1. Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This cemetery was formerly established by the Weatherford Town Council in 1863 when lots were surveyed and the exact cemetery location was staked. Previous interments were made in the unmarked streets of the town. The Mayor directed those remains to be moved to the new cemetery.

Historian H. Smythe noted in 1877 that the cemetery was a “sadly neglected spot,” without a fence. By 1925 the civic league and cemetery association had been formed. The accomplishments of its women members were many. In addition to site beautification, the driveways were widened and graveled. A water well and windmill were installed, and a sexton was employed to secure the grounds. Cemetery care declined in the 1930s and later.

Among the estimated 1,000 graves are Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient Chester Bowen; Trail Drivers Oliver Loving and Boze Ikard; Cattleman and founder of the Citizens National Bank J.R.Couts; Governor of Texas (1902-06) S.W.T. Lanham and his son, Congressman Fritz G. Lanham; veterans of many wars, and pioneers of early Texas history.

Restoration of the Cemetery began in the late 1980s. The site continues to serve the area.
 
Erected 1996 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 3708.)
 
Marker series. This
Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 24, 2003
2. Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker
Marker is at the entrance to the cemetery
marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.834′ N, 97° 47.622′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Marker is on East Front Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East Front Street, Weatherford TX 76086, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers Oliver Loving (1812 - 1867) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parker County, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franco-Texan Land Company Building (approx. half a mile away); James Claude Wright House (approx. 0.6 miles away); August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash (approx. 1.7 miles away); Grace First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Clark Cemetery (approx. 7.2 miles away); Bankhead Highway in Aledo (approx. 11.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Weatherford.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 24, 2003
3. Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker
Chester B. Bowen is mentioned in the Old City Greenwood Cemetery Marker. He is buried in Section C-2. The grave GPS Coordinates are N32.7631 W97.7934. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: BOWEN, CHESTER B. Rank and organization: Corporal, Company I, 19th New York Cavalry (1st New York Dragoons). Place and date: At Winchester, Va., 19 September 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Nunda, N.Y. Date of issue: 27 September 1864. Citation: Capture of flag.
 
 
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