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Evergreen Cemetery

 
 
Evergreen Cemetery Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, November 25, 2017
1. Evergreen Cemetery Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  The Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place for many notable citizens of Paris and Lamar County. Due to the steady growth of the area, the old cemetery of Paris, located near the center of town, quickly became too small. In 1866, the Evergreen Cemetery Association was chartered by well-known community leaders to purchase land for cemetery purposes. After the initial purchase of sixteen acres from George Wright, additional tracts were acquired in 1893, 1907, 1956 and 1957.

The first burial is attributed to Lucy Pope Maxey (1794-1866), the mother of Samuel Bell Maxey, a West Point graduate, Confederate General and United States Senator. His wife, Marilda C. Maxey (1833-1908) is also buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Most of the cemetery’s eleven incorporators are buried here, including Samuel Bell Maxey (1825-1895), Dr. Alfred Simpson Johnson (1814-1881), Albert J. Redding (1821-1900) and William Bramlette (1851-1908).

Another incorporator buried here is Willet C. Babcock (1828-1881). His “Jesus in Cowboy Boots” monument attracts visitors from across the nation. Examples of the unique stonecutting art within
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the cemetery include a bevy of angelic figures and religious imagery, flowers, vines, cotton bales, broken trees, anchors and chains, sheep, a life-size buffalo and a replica of the front page of the Paris Morning News. This historic cemetery reflects the growth and rich history of Paris and Lamar County.

Historic Texas Cemetery - 2012
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17580.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 33° 38.59′ N, 95° 33.063′ W. Marker is in Paris, Texas, in Lamar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Evergreen Street and 6th Street SE, on the right when traveling east. This marker is well inside the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 Evergreen St, Paris TX 75460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Travis Clack Henderson (here, next to this marker); Paris Cotton Compress (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sam Bell Maxey (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lightfoot - Coleman House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Judge Wm. Henry Lightfoot House (approx.
Evergreen Cemetery Marker vicinity image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, November 25, 2017
2. Evergreen Cemetery Marker vicinity
0.8 miles away); Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal (approx. one mile away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Paris (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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