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Keller in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Pioneer Stone Burial Cairns

 
 
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By J Frye, April 15, 2020
1. Pioneer Stone Burial Cairns Marker
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Scattered throughout many of the pioneer cemeteries in Texas are unusual stone structurers, or burial cairns, built by the early settlers to memorialize their dead. Primarily surface structures of native stone, the cairns vary in design and workmanship. Their use, however, is representative of traditional burial customs prevalent in the South during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although their specific purpose and origin are subject to theory, cairns such as these are outstanding examples of pioneer lore and tradition.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4034.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 56.984′ N, 97° 13.267′ W. Marker is in Keller, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on Ottinger Road west of Manor Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1351 Bancroft Road, Keller TX 76248, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bourland Cemetery
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(approx. 1.3 miles away); Westlake and the Circle T Ranch (approx. 2.4 miles away); Silver Spur Saloon (approx. 3˝ miles away); Alfred Madison Hightower (approx. 5.7 miles away); Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley (approx. 5.8 miles away); Nash Farm (approx. 7.9 miles away); Grapevine (approx. 8.3 miles away); Torian Log Cabin (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker, in Mount Gilead Cemetery, Keller, Tarrant County, explains how some early pioneer graves were constructed.
 
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By J Frye, April 15, 2020
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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May. 14, 2021