Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery

Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery (HM1RET)

Location: Graham, TX 76450 Young County
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N 33° 1.67', W 98° 52.243'

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Pioneer residents of this area called their community Fish Creek until 1880, when a U.S. post office was established and named for the local postmaster, J.J. Murray. This cemetery dates to May 6, 1884, when the infant child of Russell and Rosa Bell Hart Tyra died and was buried on land set aside by grandparents Jesse V. and Martha Jane Higgins Tyra. A few months later, the infant child of neighbors John W. and Leona Walsh died and was buried here with the Tyra baby. J.V. and Martha Tyra officially donated the acre of land surrounding the graves for a public neighborhood graveyard in 1898. In later years, descendants of the pioneer Price and Dozier families donated additional land to increase the size of the graveyard to two acres.
     Among the interments here are those of many early settlers of this area of Young County. A large number of deaths between 1900 and 1919 are believed to be due to the worldwide influenza epidemic of that time period. Also buried here are veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Maintained by the Murray Community Cemetery Association, the graveyard remains as a visible reminder of the community's heritage.
Marker Number13745
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 512073 N 3654379
Decimal Degrees33.02783333, -98.87071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 1.67', W 98° 52.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 1' 40.2" N, 98° 52' 14.58" W
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Area Code(s)940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Murray Cemetery Rd, Graham TX 76450, US
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