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Bowie in Montague County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Elmwood Cemetery

Elmwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 15, 2018
1. Elmwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Early settler James W. Stallings donated the first portion of land for the establishment of a cemetery for area residents at this site in 1880. Two years later, the town of Bowie was platted near the cemetery site, along the route of the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad. The first burial at Elmwood Cemetery was that of Willie B. Nelson (d. June 10, 1880), son of Francis M. and Mary Nelson. Stallings later buried several of his own family members at the site, including his wife Sarah E. (Parker), his granddaughter and his daughter, all in 1882. In 1884, 1901 and 1905, G.W. and Emily Tinkle conveyed additional land to the cemetery, and further additions were made to the site in later years.

The Bowie Cemetery Association formed during the early years of the cemetery’s existence, although the exact date of its organization is unknown. The association handled the business of the cemetery until 1938, when the cemetery association officially deeded the burial ground to the city of Bowie. In 1981, due to the expansion of Lake Amon G. Carter, the graves located at Tarter Cemetery were relocated to Elmwood. Portions of a native stone wall that
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Photographed By Larry D. Moore
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was constructed along Patterson and Nelson Streets by employees of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1935-1937 remain today.

The cemetery contains burials of veterans from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Today, Elmwood Cemetery continues to serve the citizens of Bowie and the surrounding area while reminding them of the early pioneer settlers of the community.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16324.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical date for this entry is June 10, 1880.
Location. 33° 33.251′ N, 97° 49.922′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Texas, in Montague County. Marker is on East Nelson Street north of Pelham Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie TX 76230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First National Bank of Bowie (approx. one mile away); Montague County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Home County of Governor James V. Allred (approx. 1.6 miles away); United Methodist Church of Montague (approx. 9.9 miles away); 1927 Montague County Jail (approx. 10 miles away); Montague Pioneer Memorial (approx. 10
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miles away); Montague County Courthouse (approx. 10 miles away); Montague Catholic Cemetery (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 30, 2023