Bolivar in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The town of Bolivar was laid out by Dr. Hiram Daily in 1852 with a burial plot on high ground nearby. Though the site had probably been used as a burial ground for many years, the earliest marked grave is that of 4-month-old Zolly Cofer Waide, who was born and died in 1863.
G. A. Grissom, a prominent Bolivar Masonic leader, died in 1876. After his interment, Bolivar Lodge No. 418, A. F. & A. M. and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 221 set aside five newly purchased acres, including the graveyard, for community burials. A decorative fence was installed across the front of the cemetery in that year. Many monuments were erected by the Woodmen of the World organization.
Many of the nine adults and eight infants buried in 1892 were victims of a nationwide influenza epidemic. Another influenza epidemic in 1918 claimed more lives. Bolivar citizens of all walks of life were buried here. Some were members of farming and ranching families; others were business people, educators, physicians, and ministers. They include veterans of the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the
Operated by the board of trustees of the Bolivar Cemetery Association, the graveyard continues to serve area residents, many of whom are descendants of those who shaped the history of Bolivar and Denton County. The burial ground remains a record of the pioneer settlers of the area.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11843.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 33° 21.485′ N, 97° 14.468′ W. Marker is in Bolivar, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on Chapman Road (Farm to Market Road 455) east of Farm to Market Road 2450, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanger TX 76266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Townsite of Bolivar (approx. ¼ mile away); Forester Ranch (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sanger Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Chisholm Trail in Denton County (approx. 4.3 miles away); Plainview Cemetery (approx. 6½ miles away); City of Krum (approx. 6.9 miles away); Gregg Ranch (approx. 8 miles away).
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