Santa Anna Cemetery

Santa Anna Cemetery (HM1S5D)

Location: Santa Anna, TX 76878 Coleman County
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N 31° 44.073', W 99° 18.847'

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With the construction of the Santa Fe railroad in 1886, the town of Santa Anna grew rapidly and developed as a cattle shipping point. According to oral history, W.C. Brooks was the first person buried in the Santa Anna Cemetery before the railroad was completed, although no grave marker is present. Mr. Brook's son, Lewis Brooks, gave the first section of land for the cemetery for his burial. The oldest dated monument belongs to sixteen-year old Mary E. Ashley (1869-1885). L.V. Stockard (1858-1923), the first railroad station agent of Santa Anna, is also buried at this site, along with his wife, Cora (Willett) Stockard (1860-1907). Other notable burials include Texas Ranger and County Sheriff John R. Banister (1854-1918) and his wife, Emma D. Banister (1871-1956), as well as fellow Texas Ranger, John Benecke Bachman (1820-1906).
     The landscape of the Santa Anna Cemetery is traditional with concrete, fieldstone, granite, and sandstone grave markers with a variety of natural and cultural trees, shrubs, and groundcover. This historic burial ground is home to twenty-eight known Civil War veterans with the oldest belonging to George Williams (1848-1897) of the Tennessee Cavalry CSA. Additionally, graves mark the burials of veterans from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Fraternal sections of the cemetery represent burials of Free Masons, members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, and members of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Santa Anna Cemetery Association, formed in 1943, continues to care for the cemetery with volunteer workdays and events.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2009
HM NumberHM1S5D
Marker Number16899
Year Placed2009
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 470244 N 3511056
Decimal Degrees31.73455000, -99.31411667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 44.073', W 99° 18.847'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 44' 4.38" N, 99° 18' 50.82" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 206 Fannin St, Santa Anna TX 76878, US
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