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Briggs in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Prairie View Cemetery

 
 
Prairie View Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
1. Prairie View Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Pioneer settlers in this vicinity met together for worship services in the Gum Springs Schoolhouse until 1892, when Stephen Taylor deeded land at this site for church and cemetery purposes. This historic cemetery began in the churchyard of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South, (also known as Prairie View Church) in the early 1890s.

The earliest documented grave in the cemetery is that of Scottish native James Smith (1836-1892), who immigrated to Texas in 1884. Those interred here include pioneer settlers; a number of infants and small children; and veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Korea.

The Prairie View Church moved to Briggs in 1906 and became the Briggs Methodist Church. The congregation later was dissolved, and the members attended worship services in neighboring communities. The church building was moved to Lampasas in 1951 and converted into a parsonage.

The Prairie View Cemetery serves as a physical reminder of the area's pioneer heritage. The Prairie View Cemetery Association, organized in 1977, provides maintenance for the historic graveyard.
 
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1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9742.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
 
Location. 30° 51.643′ N, 97° 54.705′ W. Marker is in Briggs, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is on US-183 near CR-211, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Briggs TX 78608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Briggs State Bank (approx. 2 miles away); The Community of Briggs (approx. 2.1 miles away); DeWolfe-Dillingham Community Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mount Horeb Lodge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mahomet Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Smart-McCormick Home (approx. 3.9 miles away); Andice Baptist Church (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Briggs.
 
Prairie View Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, May 23, 2020
2. Prairie View Cemetery and Marker
Prairie View Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
3. Prairie View Cemetery Marker
James Smith Headstone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
4. James Smith Headstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,022 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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