Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Beginning in the 1920s, this cemetery has been a burial ground for the African American community of Shamrock. The oldest marked grave, for William Frank Holmon, dates from 1926. Also known as West Shamrock Cemetery, the site takes its name from the Bowers Addition to the city, owned and developed by David Laughlin Bowers. According to family tradition, Manse Lisles owned land on the west side of town and gave part to the black community for a cemetery. It was known to locals as Boot Hill. Many African Americans arrived in Shamrock with a construction company in 1926 to pave roads. They continued to work at the cotton mill, and had their own community with a gas station, café, school and church.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2012
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17827.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 35° 12.989′ N, 100° 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Shamrock (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shamrock Water Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (approx. 0.7 miles away); Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shamrock Methodist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); "Bill Mack's influence on country music is legendary" (approx. one mile away); Bill Mack: Shamrock's Midnight Cowboy (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
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 36 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.