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My Austin: The Texas State Cemetery


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Photo: Texas State Cemetery FrontThe Texas State Cemetery is 18 acres of Texas history. Located 1 mile east of the Capitol, the cemetery is the final resting place of some of Texas's most famous and important citizens, including Stephen F. Austin, Barbara Jordan, John Connally, and Bob Bullock.

Photo: Texas State Cemetery Grounds"It is a place of history," says cemetery superintendent Harry Bradley. "Everyday you walk out here, there's something that you can learn just by walking around the grounds . . . There's always something that you see that you haven't seen before."

Photo: Connally GravestoneThe cemetery also houses monuments to Texas war heroes and to the Texas victims of the September 11th attacks. The cemetery grounds also include a gallery and a research center, in which staff members are available during operating hours to answer visitor questions. The visitor's center offers literature about the cemetery and guided Texas history tours are available for groups.

The Texas State Cemetery is a shining example of the rich historical legacy of Austin.

 

 

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