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Pioneer Cemetery

Located in the middle of modern Downtown Dallas, just across the street from the Dallas Convention Center, is buried the early history of Dallas, Texas.

Located in the middle of modern Downtown Dallas, just across the street from the Dallas Convention Center, is buried the early history of Dallas, Texas.

In the 1850’s when the population of Dallas was less than 1000 people, the city established this cemetery on a hill in the southwest corner of Dallas, not far from the banks of the Trinity River. This location was chosen mainly to protect it from the floods since, at the time, the Trinity River was prone to overflow its banks. Now, as the city stands with over 1.2 million people, it’s nice to go back, and visit the history that started it all. Many of the burials have markers that state their contributions to the city and its history. You’ll find buried here, men and their families who participated in the Mexican War (the Eakins Family, Masonic Section, Lot 78), served as members of the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War (the May family, Masonic Section, Lot 108), served as Judges (the Good Family, IOOF Section, Lot 73), and/or were delegates to the State Constitutional Convention (the Record Family, Masonic Section, Lot 73).

There are several hundred lots, so you should go during the day to read about the stories of the families. I took pictures of the various head/ family stones mentioned here and it’s pretty neat to have the tall buildings of Downtown Dallas as your backdrop.
Address: On the corner of Young and Marilla Streets; Dallas, Texas 75201

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