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Sylvan Heights West in Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mount Olivet Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 22, 2016
1. Mount Olivet Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Encompassing almost 130 acres, the Mount Olivet Cemetery was founded in 1907 by Flavious G. McPeak (1858-1933) and his wife, Johnnie Clara Lester McPeak (1858-1936), who arrived in Fort Worth in 1894 from Tennessee. The land on which the cemetery is located was purchased by Mrs. McPeak in 1895, and the family built a two-story home in 1896.

The parents of ten children, the McPeaks moved to a home on Lake Street when they founded this cemetery. Flavious McPeak, a respected Fort Worth businessman, had visited the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee, and was so impressed with its design that many of its features were incorporated here. A mausoleum was completed in 1909, but only served as a temporary receiving vault. It was torn down when a new mausoleum was built in 1983. A variety of free-standing and relief sculpture can be seen throughout the grounds.

Containing over 47,000 burials, this was the first perpetual care cemetery in the county. The oldest marked grave is that of Zenas Ewin Kerr, buried April 11, 1907. Also interred here are 594 victims of the flu epidemic of 1918, the McPeaks and members of their
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family, and many Tarrant County pioneers.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3495.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 32° 47.497′ N, 97° 18.523′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. It is in Sylvan Heights West. Marker is at the intersection of North Sylvania Avenue and Hollis Street, on the right when traveling south on North Sylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2205 N Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth TX 76111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert David Law (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tim Cole (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tarrant County War Memorial "Spirit of the American Doughboy" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Amon Carter Riverside High School and Riverside ISD (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daggett's Crossing (approx. 1.2 miles away); Harper's Rest Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Racial Terror Lynching in America / Racial Terror Lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Garvey-Veihl House (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
Mount Olivet Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 22, 2016
2. Mount Olivet Cemetery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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