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Near La Vernia in Guadalupe County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Concrete Cemetery

 
 
Concrete Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
1. Concrete Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Encompassing 6.814 acres of land, Concrete Cemetery includes within its borders burials for both Anglo and Hispanic citizens of the La Vernia and New Berlin communities. The area surrounding the cemetery was called Concrete (formerly Bethesda). Local farmer and rancher James Henry Newton, who brought his family here from Mississippi about 1851-52, designated a portion of his property as a burial ground when his brother Joel died in 1856. The oldest recorded burial, that of Maria Madden Dial in 1855, indicates previous use as a graveyard. The community and cemetery were named for an 1858 concrete building used as a school, church and Masonic Hall.

James Newton officially deeded a two-acre tract of land here in 1875 for use as a community cemetery. The first documented burial in the adjacent Hispanic section is that of Paulita Salazar in 1913.

Additional donations of land were made by the descendants of J.G. and Jennie Scull. The graveyard contains a diverse collection of gravestones reflecting the historic communities it serves. Among the more than 800 burials here are pioneer settlers, infants and children, veterans
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and members of fraternal organizations. The site continues to serve the area.

Mrs. Alice Warren Scull donated 3.44 acres of land in 1971; Dr. Charles Elam Scull, III, donated 1.374 acres in 1992
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11923.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesHispanic Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 29° 22.838′ N, 98° 5.865′ W. Marker is near La Vernia, Texas, in Guadalupe County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 775, one mile north of Farm to Market Road 2772. The marker is located 500 feet east of the cemetery road entrance by the main gate of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Vernia TX 78121, 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. Cibolo Crossing on the Gonzales Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alamo Survivor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rector Chapel Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Immanuel Lutheran Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Chihuahua Road (approx. 2 miles away); La Vernia (approx. 2 miles away); Suttles Pottery (approx. 2 miles away); Deaf Smith Oak Tree - the Next Generation (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Vernia.
 
Historic Texas Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
2. Historic Texas Cemetery
Concrete Cemetery Marker and Historic Texas Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
3. Concrete Cemetery Marker and Historic Texas Cemetery Marker
The view of the Concrete Cemetery Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
4. The view of the Concrete Cemetery Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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