Dallas Pioneer Cemetery

Most people are not familiar with one of Dallas’ most remarkable landmarks right in the heart of the City.  Nestled in the crook formed by the intersection of both wings of the Dallas Convention Center is the Pioneer Cemetery.

A massive bronze sculpture of a cattle drive crossing a creek is one of the highlights of this historic site.  I recommend you set aside a couple of hours one day to investigate.  When you’re done, take a stroll over to the Omni hotel across the street and view some of the local art that adorns every wall in the hotel.

From my NecropolisCreep website:

Dallas Pioneer Park
Sarah Beeler Monument

Sarah Beeler
Wife of Geo. H. Beeler
Died May 15, 1879
Age 75 years

Pioneer Cemetery
Dallas Convention Center

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The area now known as Pioneer Cemetery is comprised of the remnants of four early graveyards. The graves, dating from the 1850s, include many of Dallas’ early settlers and civic leaders.

Two of the graveyards that now make up Pioneer Cemetery were associated with early Dallas fraternal organizations. the earliest marked grave in the section once known as the Tannehlill Lodge No. 52 Masonic Cemetery is that of Elizabeth McPherson, who died in 1853. R.P. Rogers (d.1852) is the oldest known interment in the section once belonging to Lodge No. 44 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Confederate Monument - Dallas
Confederate Monument – Dallas

Some of the land nearby was once used as a cemetery by the Hebrew Benevolent Association. The property was deeded to Congregation Emanuel in 1912, and in 1956, the graves were moved to the Emanuel Cemetery. The fourth section, known as Old City Cemetery, was formally deeded to the City of Dallas in 1871. It’s oldest marked grave, that of John Henry Long, is dated 1870.

The last burials in what is now called Pioneer Cemetery took part in the latter part of the 1920s. The monuments that have remained over time are significant reminders of the history of the City of Dallas.

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