Local lore places the first burial in this cemetery as early as 1840. When Robert Jackson purchased 35 acres of land including this site in 1853, at least one grave was already present. Jackson allowed that portion of his land to be used for further burials.
The earliest marked grave is dated 1860. A ladies' cemetery association was formed in 1891, and for many years the graveyard was referred to as "The City Cemetery" or "The cemetery that Mr. Jackson gave to the city." The name Evergreen came into use in 1898 or 1899.
Fewer than 100 marked graves date from before 1900. Most are those of pioneer settlers who died in their 40s and 50s. In 1911, Robert Russell wrote that "more graves are lost in there than are in sight." The number of marked burials increased in 1917, 1918, and 1919 due to a series of influenza epidemics.
The majority of those who died in the city of Orange between 1850 and 1853, when private cemeteries began operations in the area, are buried on this site. Nearly four times its original size, the cemetery contains a variety of grave markers, including family mausoleums, the markers of fraternal orders, and military
With an estimated 7500 graves in 1998, Evergreen Cemetery is a record of the pioneers of Orange. The cemetery continues to serve the city and surrounding area.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12132.)
Location. 30° 5.164′ N, 93° 44.335′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on Jackson Avenue west of Border Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange TX 77630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander Gilmer (within shouting distance of this marker); John Thomas Stark (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Samuel M. Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Wallace Sholars, M.D. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain George M. Levingston (about 300 feet away); David Robert Wingate (about 400 feet away); Jimmy Ochiltree Sims Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Orange Dairy Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
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