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CONCRETE (CEMETERY), TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Guadalupe County, Central Texas S
FM 775
27 miles East of San Antonio
2.5 miles North of La Vernia
6.5 miles South of New Berlin

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Concrete Cemetery, Texas
The Concrete Cemetery Gate
TE photo, April 2001
The Community of Concrete no longer exists. It had originally been called Bethesda, but for some reason, they decided to rename their town after an 1858 Concrete building that served a variety of community functions such as church, Masonic lodge and school. Still, it's a rather unusual naming - even for Texas. Perhaps the word concrete was the final word in permanence in the 1850s.

The Concrete Cemetery was established in 1856 when Joel Newton, the brother of rancher James Henry Newton died and James designated a part of his property as a graveyard.

There had been an earlier burial the previous year, which may have influenced Mr. Newton's decision. The very first interment was a Maria Madden Dial.*

The cemetery continues to serve both the communities of New Berlin and LaVernia today. It is extremely well kept with not a sign of vandalism. There's a sign-in book is just inside the gate - placed in an ingeniously designed "desk" welded of heavy steel. It provides a stable writing surface and the design makes it weatherproof as well as bulletproof.

Unfortunately our camera's battery failed when we were about to photograph it. The design would serve any cemetery well and we'll try to return on our next visit to Guadalupe County.

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Corrections:
I am Historian for the Concrete Cemetery in Guadalupe County, Texas. Joel Newton was the first person buried in Concrete Cemetery, January 16, 1856. Maria Madden Dial (1815 - 1855) has the oldest burial date in the cemetery but she was disinterred from a cemetery in Louisiana after the death of her husband, James L. Dial, 8/4/1869 and reinterred in Concrete Cemetery adjacent to him. Many thanks, Shirley Grammer, September 01, 2003

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