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Near Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Cemetery in Potter County

 
 
First Cemetery in Potter County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
1. First Cemetery in Potter County Marker
Inscription.
 On the old _X (LX), first ranch in Potter County, established in 1877 by W.H. Bates and D.T. Beals, Boston (Mass.) industrialists. The earliest burials occurred after the LX was sold, 1884, to American Pastoral Land and Cattle Company, a British syndicate.
 First grave was dug for the LX bookkeeper's wife, Mrs. James Wyness, who died in Tascosa on June 15, 1887; six weeks later the newborn son who survived was laid at her side. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Mott died in 1888. Second adult buried here was P.O. ("Bunch") McCrary, killed 1890 when his horse fell on him while he was roping a yearling. In 1893 James Bailey, hauling grain from Amarillo, bogged in quicksand in the Canadian; in getting his wagon out, he suffered exposure that brought on a fatal case of pneumonia. A 1902 grave was for James Bell, found dead in a corral with a bridle in his hand.
 When the syndicate was liquidated, this portion of the ranch was purchased by an early cattleman, R.B. Masterson. John Arnot, one of the original employees of the syndicate, and later a U.S. Government Cattle Brands Inspector, maintained the cemetery until 1945. It is now cared for by Mrs. Mary Masterson Fain, a descendant of third owner of the old ranch land.
 
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
View of marker looking south towards Canadian River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
2. View of marker looking south towards Canadian River.
Number 1696.)
 
Location. 35° 28.575′ N, 101° 53.053′ W. Marker is near Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on U.S. 87 3.3 miles south of Gravel Pit Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located a half mile north of the Canadian River. Marker is in this post office area: Amarillo TX 79108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The _X (LX) First Ranch in Potter County (approx. 1.7 miles away); The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas (approx. 1.7 miles away); Masterson (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Find-A-Grave link to cemetery. (Submitted on September 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AgricultureCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Looking north on US Highway 87. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
3. Looking north on US Highway 87.
Google Maps showing cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
4. Google Maps showing cemetery.
Worn trail from marker leads to rectangular cemetery surrounded by metal piping.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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