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Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, July 2, 2020
1. Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

This cemetery represents the last remaining physical reminder of the community of people who worked and lived on a vast commercial farm here known as the Dallas County Trinity Farms from about 1915 to 1946. The farm covered about 3,000 acres of land which had been farmed for many years. Dallas County Trinity Farms was one of several large farms owned by E. P. Harwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, C. H. Clark of Wichita Falls, Texas, and T. H. Harbin of Waxahachie, Texas.

The Trinity Farms Company provided housing, schools, and a general store/commissary for use by the farm laborers and their families. Farm laborers consisted mostly of Mexican citizens, many of whom arrived during the Mexican Revolution, and a sizable number of African Americans. Harbin lived in a large white ranch house and operated the farm which was also known as Rancho Grande. The earliest recorded burials occurred in the early 1920s.

The children of Hispanics and African Americans who worked on the farm attended separate schools. Similarly, the cemetery contains separate sections for Hispanics and African Americans. The last burial occurred in the early 1940s.
Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, July 2, 2020
2. Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery Marker
The cemetery is maintained by descendants of the families interred here.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1995
 
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6901.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesHispanic Americans.
 
Location. 32° 48.84′ N, 96° 50.925′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Lee Hall Drive. The find the marker, go to the end of Lee Hall Drive and cross Arlington Park Drive. The road dead ends, then drive on the dirt road between houses. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75235, 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. Propeller From The RMS Lusitania (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cedar Springs (approx. 1.7 miles away); Reichenstein Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Oath of Office of President Johnson (approx. 1.9 miles away); Love Field (approx. 1.9 miles away); Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service (approx. 1.9 miles away); Love Field Airman Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Cedar Springs (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
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By Kayla Harper, July 2, 2020
3. Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery
Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, July 2, 2020
4. Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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