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Near Baird in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Belle Plaine Cemetery

 
 
Belle Plaine Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
1. Belle Plaine Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Residents of the short-lived community of Belle Plaine were burying their dead at this site as early as 1878. Although the presence of unmarked graves suggests earlier possible usage, the oldest marked grave, that of sixteen-year-old Virgil Hill, dates to that year.
†††††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.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 361.)
 
Location. 32° 17.342′ N, 99° 22.471′ W.
Belle Plaine Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
2. Belle Plaine Cemetery Entrance
Marker is near Baird, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker can be reached from County Road 473 0.1 miles north of County Road 470. Touch for map. Marker is near the entrance to Belle Plaine Cemetery; the above directions are to the driveway (Road No. 295) to the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Baird TX 79504, United States of America.
 
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 Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on November 22, 2014.) 

2. Belle Plaine Cemetery. From the findagrave.com website. (Submitted on November 22, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Driveway Leading to Belle Plaine Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
3. Driveway Leading to Belle Plaine Cemetery
Belle Plaine Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
4. Belle Plaine Cemetery
View to east from southwest corner of cemetery
Belle Plaine Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
5. Belle Plaine Cemetery
Belle Plaine Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
6. Belle Plaine Cemetery
The Oldest Marked Grave in Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
7. The Oldest Marked Grave in Cemetery
Headstone and grave of Virgil Hill, 1862-1878
Historical Marker and Grave<br>of William Jeff Maltby image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2014
8. Historical Marker and Grave
of William Jeff Maltby
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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