Near Baird in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Belle Plaine Cemetery
Belle Plaine residents informally established a community cemetery here on vacant land. The graveyard was located within a larger tract of land that was owned by the state until 1861 and later by several railroad companies. Its last private owner, the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, purchased the tract that included this graveyard in 1879 when it anticipated routing its railroad through Belle Plaine. However, in 1883 the route was changed to pass through nearby Baird. In response, the Railway Company deeded the cemetery property to Callahan County the following year.
Though the community of Belle Plaine had declined by 1909, burials have continued to take place. Those interred here include area pioneers, their descendants, and veterans. The historic burial ground remains an important cultural resource in this area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 32° 17.342′ N, 99° 22.471′ W. Marker is near Baird, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker can be reached from County Road 473, 0.1 miles north of County Road 470. Marker is near the entrance to Belle Plaine Cemetery; the above directions are to the driveway (Road No. 295) to the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baird TX 79504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Belle Plaine Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Jeff Maltby (about 300 feet away); Site of Belle Plaine College (approx. 1.7 miles away); Belle Plain (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of John D. Merchant Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Admiral Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Admiral Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Site of Callahan City (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baird.
Also see . . .
1. Belle Plain, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on November 22, 2014.)
2. Belle Plaine Cemetery. From the findagrave.com (Submitted on November 22, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.