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

Swisher Cemetery

Swisher Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
1. Swisher Cemetery Marker

Reflecting the earliest years of Anglo settlement in this part of north central Texas, the Swisher Cemetery began on land granted to H. H. Swisher for his service in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico.

The oldest burial in the cemetery, that of Francis Long, dates to 1867. When H. H. Swisher's son, Capt. A. P. Swisher (1829-1920), inherited the property from his father, he formally donated some of his land for use as a cemetery by the families of the community then known as the French Settlement. Swisher's wife, Virginia, died in 1899 and was the first member of the family buried in the Swisher plot.

After the railroad came through this area, the community's name was changed to Garza in 1881 and then to Lake Dallas in 1926 upon construction of the dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity that created the lake by the same name. Swisher Cemetery's use over time has expanded to serve residents of many of the neighboring lake communities. The burial ground contains the graves of numerous veterans who served in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.

Over the years, additional
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land was purchased for the cemetery, which contains more than 1,100 graves. For many years, Garza community residents took care of the cemetery. From 1948 until 1998, the Lake Dallas Birthday Club maintained the graveyard. The Swisher Cemetery Association currently cares for the historic burial ground.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12514.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 33° 8.128′ N, 97° 1.802′ W. Marker is in Lake Dallas, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is at the intersection of North Shady Shores Lane and Montserrat Road, on the left when traveling north on North Shady Shores Lane. The marker is located near the cemetery entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 618 North Shady Shores Road, Lake Dallas TX 75065, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1848 Denton County Seat (approx. 3 miles away); Rector Road Bridge at Guyer High School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Alton Bridge (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Alton Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Chinn’s Chapel Cemetery
Swisher Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
2. Swisher Cemetery Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Chinn's Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); McCurley Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Lewisville Prehistoric Site (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Swisher Cemetery Gate image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
3. Swisher Cemetery Gate
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 6, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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