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Oakwood Cemetery

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
1. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1839, when Austin was being opened as a site favored for the Capital of the Republic of Texas, a regular burial place was established in what is now the southwest part of Oakwood Cemetery. A decedent was buried on this hill at a spot to the right of Oakwood’s present main entrance and northwest of the Hebrew ground within the enclosure. It was not until Sept. 1, 1856, however, that the land legally became city property. On that day the legislature of Texas transferred the burial tract from the public lands to the corporate City of Austin. Across the decades, the name has changed; in 1886 it was “City Cemetery”; 1903, “Austin City Cemetery”; 1912, “Oakwood”.

Here lie the mortal remains of many pioneers and builders of Austin, and their successors; among them national and state personalities; cabinet members, governors and other high state officials, Mayors, business and professional leaders, and solid citizens from all walks of life.

The two Jewish sections of Oakwood have been given perpetual care by Temple Beth Israel since 1876. The Austin city government accepted responsibility for permanent care of Oakwood Cemetery in 1970.
 
Erected 1972 by The Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14309.)
 
Location.
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By Michael Heinich, December 13, 2014
2. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
30° 16.535′ N, 97° 43.705′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from Navasota Street near East 15th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Navasota Street, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Baker (here, next to this marker); Peter Henry Oberwetter (here, next to this marker); Col. Lewis Miles Hobbs Washington (here, next to this marker); Major William Martin “Buck” Walton (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Fontaine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swante Palm (about 400 feet away); Johann Jacob Groos (about 400 feet away); Andrew Jackson Hamilton (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Austin History Center. City of Austin website linking to this cemetery and additional Austin historical sites. (Submitted on December 26, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
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By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
3. Oakwood Cemetery
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By Richard Denney, November 30, 2016
4. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
Closeup of Parks & Recreation sign at entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 819 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on December 16, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on December 20, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   4. submitted on November 30, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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