“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Dreamland Cemetery

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By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. Dreamland Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Originally named Canyon City Cemetery, this burial ground has served the nearby community since early in Canyon's history. In 1891, S.W. Kelley deeded property to Randall County for cemetery use. That same year, the first burials occurred, for William E. McElroy and for Jerry Adams, an African American cowboy who died during a cattle drive. The Civic Improvement League changed the cemetery's name to Dreamland in 1909, and additional acreage was added to the property in 1932 and 1963.

Many early pioneers of Randall County, who were mostly farmers and ranchers, are buried here. A number of noted county figures are also interred, including L.G. Conner, the founder of the Canyon City (now Canyon) and prominent financier L.T. Lester. Other prominent early Randall County residents buried here include Judge Burney Slack, E.D. Harrell, John and Margaret Knight, C.R. Burrow and Clyde Warwick. More recent burials include J.A. Hill and J.P. Cornette, West Texas A&M Presidents; Hattie Anderson, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum founder; Margaret Harper, creator of the Palo Duro Canyon outdoor drama "Texas"; and musician Buddy Knox. Others represented here include veterans of conflicts dating to the Civil War.

Randall County maintained the property until 1957, transferring operations to concerned citizens who formed the Dreamland
Dreamland Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. Dreamland Cemetery Marker
Cemetery Association. Today, the association continues to care for the historic Dreamland Cemetery, which still serves the residents of Randall County and remains as a testament to the early settlers of Canyon.

Historic Texas Cemetery-2007
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14212.)
Location. 34° 56.448′ N, 101° 55.36′ W. Marker is in Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is on West Cemetery Road 0.2 miles west of U.S. 87, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canyon TX 79015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. F. Heller, Pioneer Farmer (approx. 2.1 miles away); Civil War Veterans Reunions (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Conner Dugout (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Wagon Yard (approx. 2.6 miles away); "The Canyon News" (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Smith Building (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shaw-Keiser House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Presbyterian Church Building (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canyon.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Dreamland Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Dreamland Cemetery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of grave sites in cemetery. Possibly graves of individuals representing burials noted in marker text. • Can you help?
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