Near Llano in Llano County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Baby Head Cemetery
According to local oral tradition, the name Baby Head was given to the mountain in this area in the 1850s, when a small child was killed by Indians and its remains left on the mountain. A local creek also carried the name, and a pioneer community founded in the 1870s be came known as Baby Head. The oldest documented grave here is that of another child, Jodie May McKneely, who died on New Year's Day 1884. The cemetery is the last physical reminder of the Baby Head community, which once boasted numerous homes, farms, and businesses.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9432.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 30° 53.229′ N, 98° 39.395′ W. Marker is near Llano, Texas, in Llano County. Marker is on State Highway 16, 0.7 miles north of County Highway 226, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Llano TX 78643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured Site of Old Behrns West Texas Normal and Business College (approx. 7.1 miles away); Llano Branch (approx. 9.2 miles away); Former Site of Bruhl's Drugstore (approx. 9.2 miles away); Llano County Organized (approx. 9.4 miles away); Texas Historic Bridge (approx. 9.4 miles away); Llano County Granite Industry (approx. 9.4 miles away); Ford Street Commercial Row (approx. 9½ miles away); The Llano County Jail (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Llano.
Regarding Baby Head Cemetery. Mystery in a name, the Baby Head name has several theories on where it came from. The first is the story as told on the marker. The second has a different later date of 1873. The third is a story where wealthy men killed the girl and blamed her death on the Indians in an effort to keep additional settlers from coming into the Llano area. The fourth is a non violent story saying that it was named for the large creek nearby which had 2 sources to the the creek. The source of a river is also referred to as a head. The smaller of the two heads was located by the road which was then called Baby Head Road. This name was then used with the community and cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Baby Head, Texas Ghost Town. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on October 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Baby Head Cemetery. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.