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Oakwood Cemetery has been called the
Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth.

Oakwood Cemetery - founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of Fort Worth's first settlers. He donated 20 acres to the city of Fort Worth. The cemetery was later enlarged to 100 acres. The burial area consists of three cemeteries: Oakwood, Calvary and Trinity.


View of Chapel from the South in the early morning sun. The Oakwood Memorial Chapel - erected 1912.


Inscriptions scattered through this website are taken from grave- stones in Oakwood Cemetery.


Bricklayer's Protective Union #6

"As The Ship Bounds
O're The Wave Comes
Back The Lover's Litany
Love Like Ours Shall
Never Die"

"He Giveth His Beloved Sleep"

"Sleep On In Peace-
With Jesus"

"Gone From Our Home
But Not From Our Hearts"

"Her Suffering Is Past
She Rests In The Home
Of Her Choice At Last"

"Beloved One Farewell"

"See You In The Morning"

Old wood board marker - reveals only the weathering of many years.


Statue of a Confederate Soldier stands an eternal watch over the resting places of his comrades.

Carswell Memorial Park

Major Horace S. Carswell Jr. Was the first person in Fort Worth to receive the Medal of Honor.

    "Soldiers' Row"
Established in 1903 for the burial of Confederate Veterans.

"Asleep In Jesus Blessed Sleep"



Annie Moystin Kells,
Born Nov 25, 1862
Died Oct 21, 1884

(At her feet is her
pet "Polly".)


Guardian Angel On Watch


"My Darling Sweetheart"

Angel watches over the grave of Mabele, Born July 27, 1882, Died May 16, 1883.


"Sleep On - In Peace With Jesus"


"Mother Our Home Is Broken"

"Loved In Life, Cherished In Death"

"The Most Wonderful Mother"
   "Weep Not Papa And Mama For Me
For I Am Waiting In Heaven For Thee"

"Tho' Lost To Sight
To Memory Dear"

"Goodbye, I Am
Going To Sleep"

"At Rest"


"See You In The Morning"

"Daddy's Doll"


Luke Short, known as King of the Gamblers in Fort Worth. He introduced the new game Keno at the White Elephant Saloon. Short died Sept. 8, 1893 at the age of thirty-nine. His cause of death was described as "Dropsy" (a deterioration of the body). He paid $20 in advance for his burial plot. He died in bed.

Click Here for story
of the famous shooting
between Luke Short and
Longhaired Jim Courtright.

On Tombstone - Jim "Longhaired" Courtright 1845 - 1887. U S Army Scout, U S Marshall, Frontiersman, Pioneer, Representative of a Class of Man now passing from Texas who whatever their faults were type of that brave courageous manhood which commands respect and admiration. Erected 1953 - In Memory Of Him By His Descendants.

  "Bartender's Row" In Early Fort Worth bartending was a respected and honorable profession.

United States Senator
Charles A. Culberson
also Governor of Texas.

"Mama, I'm Dying,
Goodby, Goodby"

From the grave of
a nine year boy)

John Mitchell - Consort


(1) A Husband or Wife,
especially the Spouse
of a Monarch.
(2) A Companion or Partner

To coexist, cohort, live with, walk with, keep company with, hang out with, attend, protect, escort.

"Resting In Hope Of A
Glorious Resurrection"
Trinity Cemetery - "Black Section" - The tall Obelisk in the background is a monument to "Gooseneck Bill" McDonald, a Negro banker and politician. Some of his family are buried here, but he is not.
W. T. Waggoner - Texas Rancher and Oilman
By 1900 over 50 million barrels of oil had been pumped from his land making him one of the richest men in Texas. W. T. built Arlington Downs, a one and a quarter mile racetrack in Arlington.

Euday Louis Bowman 1886-1949

Fort Worth native Euday Bowman was a ragtime composer. His best known song was "12th Street Rag" which he wrote about his experiences in Kansas City. Another song written by Bowman was "Fort Worth Blues". It was never published. He died in NewYork City in 1949

"No Pain Nor Grief
No Anxious Fear
Can Reach The Peaceful
Sleeper There"

"There Are No Partings
In Heaven"

In the far background is the Red River Texas and Southern Railway Bridge built 1902. It is one of the oldest surviving railroad bridges in Tarrant County.

Calvary Section - A Burial
Plot For Catholics

There were no bridges across the Trinity River in early Fort Worth. All the Catholic funerals were held downtown at the St. Patrick's Cathedral. The funeral procession had to cross the river at shallow fords. Sometimes the water was high and the horses and mourners could or would not cross. There was a saying among the early day Catholics - "He is a good friend, he will follow you all the way across the river."

Lots of
old iron

Now as you pull out onto Grand Avenue from the cemetery, turn right. At 609 Grand, on your left, you will find George Hilton's Bicycle Tree. If it's winter and there are no leaves on the tree, you can see the bicycles nestled in among the limbs. It's a little harder to see during the summer.

George Hilton's Bicycle Tree
609 Grand, Fort Worth, Texas


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