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Near Mingus in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Thurber Cemetery

 
 
Thurber Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
1. Thurber Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Encompassing slightly more than nine acres, the Thurber Cemetery documents the multi-ethnic Thurber community. The graveyard was divided into three sections with separate entrances: Catholic, Protestant, and African American. There are more than 1,000 graves here, including almost 700 unmarked burials. The oldest tombstone is that of Eva Chapman, an infant who died in 1890. More than half the total graves are those of infants and children, a reflection of such epidemic diseases as scarlet fever, typhoid fever, diphtheria, and whooping cough.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2000

 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5487.)
 
Location. 32° 30.676′ N, 98° 25.092′ W. Marker is near Mingus, Texas, in Erath County. Marker is on Private Road 741 0.3 miles from Texas Highway 108, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mingus TX 76463, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Hotel Knox and Thurber Mining Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Evolution of an Oil Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Thurber (approx. ¼ mile away); New York Hill
Driveway to Thurber Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
2. Driveway to Thurber Cemetery
The cemetery is 900 feet from Private Road 741
(approx. half a mile away); Site of Thurber's First Coal Mine (approx. half a mile away); St. Barbara's Catholic Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of Thurber Brick Plant (approx. half a mile away); Whitehead Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mingus.
 
Also see . . .  Thurber Cemetery - findagrave.com. (Submitted on October 6, 2016.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
View to Southeast towards Townsite of Thurber image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
3. View to Southeast towards Townsite of Thurber
The Thurber smokestack is visible in the background
Thurber Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
4. Thurber Cemetery
View to northwest from cemetery entrance
Cemetery Plot of Peter Wasielski and Family image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
5. Cemetery Plot of Peter Wasielski and Family
From information sign at plot: Migrated from Sierpc, Poland, mined Thurber coal for 30 years. Also a skilled brick mason as evidenced by this neat, distinctive brick wall which he built in 1913. Pete helped building the Thurber Smokestack in 1908. (Ref: Gentry 1946 Thesis, UT Austin, p. 157).
Knights of Pythias Burials image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
6. Knights of Pythias Burials
From information sign at burial plot: (K.P. gate emblem stolen). Two male infants and 14 male kids, parallel rows, graves are precisely located but all unknown. (Tombstones stolen when cemetery abandoned 1936-1970?) K.P. very active in Thurber and K.P. officials state burials possible but no records. Graves verified by Gravity Gradient analyses.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4, 5, 6. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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