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Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Shamrock Cemetery

 
 
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By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
1. Shamrock Cemetery Marker
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Because of Shamrock's population growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its citizens decided to establish an official community cemetery. In 1908, members of the Shamrock Cemetery Association, Frank Exum, C.R. Moore and E.I. Woodley, received 10 acres of land from W.B. Smith. While the Shamrock Cemetery was founded in 1908, Alice Beck is the earliest marked burial, dating to 1901. By 1908, the cemetery contained more than 50 graves. According to oral history, an unknown number of burials were reinterred to Shamrock Cemetery, which could date to earlier than the cemetery's founding.

Since 1908, the Shamrock Cemetery has expanded to more than 30 acres and contains more than 5,000 marked graves. The cemetery has three identifiable designated areas: Masonic Brothers, Paupers Field and a "Baby Garden." The original 10 acres contain ornate grave markers, including granite stones, tall obelisks and various other monuments. Later additions to the cemetery include simpler grave markers like granite stones with engraved images.

Prominent citizens have been buried in the Shamrock Cemetery,
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By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
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including the town's first mayor, E.I. Woodley, professional baseball players, Ira Robert Seeds and George Virgil "Bus" Dorman, and founding members of the community. Civil War, World War I, World War II and Korean War veterans have also been buried here. Shamrock Cemetery was segregated for most of the 20th century; the first known burial of an African American dates from 1995. As the burial place of many generations, the Shamrock Cemetery stands as a representation of Shamrock's history and legacy.
Historic Texas cemetery - 2018
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20100.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 35° 12.723′ N, 100° 13.625′ W. Marker is in Shamrock, Texas, in Wheeler County. Marker is on FM 2033, on the left when traveling east. The marker is 1.27 miles east of Main Street on FM 2033. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shamrock TX 79079, 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. The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza (approx. 1.3 miles away); Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Shamrock Cemetery Entrance and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
3. Shamrock Cemetery Entrance and Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Shamrock Water Tower (approx. 1.3 miles away); Shamrock Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Baptist Church of Shamrock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tower Building (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
 
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By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
4. Shamrock Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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