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Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Surveyed and Compiled by Barbara A. Ware, Suzan Younger, Alvin Harper, Shari Degan, and
For several years a number of citizens of Dallas have realized the urgent necessity for providing,
without delay, a spot convenient and outside the city limits, in every respect suitable for a first-class
cemetery, to be designed and laid off by a thoroughly competent cemetery engineer in the most
modern style, and in accordance with the best ideas of what a rural or lawn park cemetery should
be-a hallowed and sacred spot that would prove a credit to its promoters, and to the good people
of Dallas for generations to come. After carefully inspecting the surrounding country, our late,
lamented fellow citizen, O.S. Riggen, in the spring of last year, selected and purchased the first 30
acres on the northeast side of what has been known as Burr Lane, now Oakland Avenue, in the
Lagow League, about two-thirds of a mile south of the Fair Grounds, about three miles in a south-
easterly direction from the court house, and one and a quarter miles distant from the present
corporate limits, a distance sufficiently remote to insure tranquility, and at the same time easy
access. Others interested in this laudable enterprise purchased adjoining tracts, in all about 180
acres in an "L" shape, and extending back to, and fronting 60 acres on Pleasant Grove Avenue. On
the 6'h of June following, the Charter of Incorporation for "The Oakland Cemetery Company" was
granted to J.C. 0 'Connor, J.P. Murphy, J.S. Armstrong, B. Blankenship, T.J. Oliver, C.B. Gillespie,
W.H. Lewis, WN. Coe and O.S. Riggen; on Sept. 24th, the company met, organized and elected
officers, and Benj. Grove, an eminent cemetery engineer of Louisville, Ky., was employed to design,
map off and prepare the grounds.
From Rules and Regulations of the Oakland Cemetery Company Adopted November 21, 1892.
Archives of the Dallas Historical Society, Hall of State, Dallas, TX
Section One of Oakland Cemetery comprises some of the oldest graves in the approximately 60
acres park. The section begins at the first lane (Maple Avenue) to the left from the entrance into
the cemetery. The original numbering system followed Maple Avenue with the section being
marked two blocks deep. The odd numbered blocks are adjacent to the lane. Each block contains
space for 12 to 14 graves. The blocks were subdivided as NW'/2, SE2, NE'/2, SW or N4, E ,
S', and W4. There are even some N2 and S'/2 divisions. The main road in the cemetery runs
northeast. A family may have purchased all of a block or parts of two blocks such as NW 17
and SE'/ 19 which would be adjacent.
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