“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Higgins in Lipscomb County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Higgins Cemetery

Higgins Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, August 1, 2020
1. Higgins Cemetery Marker

This burial ground has served residents of the Higgins Community since the late 1800s. Higgins was platted in 1887 on land owned by E.C. Gray, who purchased area property along with his brother-in-law George Patton, and Jim Patton. The three bought land presuming that the Santa Fe Railroad, who planned on expanding to the Texas Panhandle, would build through this area. The railroad would cross Gray’s section, and Higgins would grow into an agricultural, ranching and oil community. The town was named for G.H. Higgins, a stockholder in the Santa Fe Railroad.

Gray deeded this property as a cemetery in 1900, though residents used it before that time. The earliest marked graves are of Ellen M. Patton and Howard F. Peugh, two children who died in 1889. Earlier unmarked burials may also exist here. Others interred include Dr. Rudolf Goettsche, a pioneer dentist and county sheriff; Frank Ewing and George Sennett, friends of and early influences on noted humorist Will Rogers; and the victims of the April 9, 1947 tornado which destroyed many of town’s residences and its business district, claiming the lives of 45 townspeople. The burial
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ground also holds community leaders, early pioneers and veterans of military conflicts dating to the Civil War.

The burial ground features vertical stones, curbing, statuary and grave slabs. Still used today, Higgins Cemetery remains as a testament to the pioneering men and women who lived and worked in the Higgins Community.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2006
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14500.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 36° 7.679′ N, 100° 1.164′ W. Marker is in Higgins, Texas, in Lipscomb County. Marker is on AA, half a mile west of U.S. 60, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Higgins TX 79046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lipscomb County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. one mile away); Higgins (approx. one mile away); Will Rogers (approx. one mile away).
Higgins Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, August 1, 2020
2. Higgins Cemetery and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2020. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 4, 2023