Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
State Cemetery of Texas
Burial ground for the honored dead of Texas, this cemetery contains the remains of Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas”; nine Governors of Texas (as of 1968); and representatives of every period of state history and every department of state government.
Statuary at the graves includes a marble figure of Albert Sidney Johnston by Elisabet Ney and bronzes of Austin and Joanna Troutman by Pompeo Coppini.
The cemetery was founded in 1851 when Gen. Edward Burleson, hero of the Texas Revolution, was interred on this tract. In 1854, the state purchased the land, which had once belonged to Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Provisional Governor of Texas from 1865 to 1866.
The cemetery was seldom used, however, until the 1860’s, when some officers of the Confederate army of Texas were buried here. Today small, white marble headstones mark the graves of about 1,583 soldiers and 515 graves of members of their families.
Through the untiring efforts of Louis W. Kemp, a state official (1881-1956), the remains of over 100 prominent persons were reinterred here after 1930.
Since 1951 those eligible for
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 15084.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 30° 16.028′ N, 97° 43.598′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of Navasota Street and East 10th Street, on the right when traveling north on Navasota Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 909 Navasota Street, Austin TX 78702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winslow Turner (a few steps from this marker); James Allison York (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Gideon Lincecum (a few steps from this marker); George Weedon (a few steps from this marker); Stuart Female Seminary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sailor from the Belle Shipwreck (about 300 feet away); U.S. Events of World War II (about 400 feet away); Gold Star Mothers of Texas Monument (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . . Texas State Cemetery. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 3, 4. submitted on January 22, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.