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On Walkabout At: Evergreen Cemetery In El Paso, Texas

Concordia Cemetery is easily the most well known and historic graveyard in El Paso, but its not the only historic cemetery in the city.  Evergreen Cemetery which is only a short distance from Concordia is not well known, but is nearly as historic as Concordia:


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Evergreen Cemetery dates back to 1894, is 47 acres in size, and is backdropped by the Franklin Mountains:

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Most of the cemetery consists of dirt graves but a few sections of the cemetery does have some grass:

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Picture from Evergreen Cemetery In El Paso

Picture from Evergreen Cemetery In El Paso

Something interesting about the cemetery is that it is the final resting place of a number of Confederate military veterans along with veterans from more recent wars:

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Here is the section of the cemetery with a number of Confederate graves with gravestones with the initial CSA which stands for Confederate States of America:

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Here is one of the Confederate graves:

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Some of the grades had the Confederate States of America spelled out on it:

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During my walk around Evergreen Cemetery I did not see any memorial to the Union soldiers from the Civil War. There was plenty of the more typical American graves present though:

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Picture from Evergreen Cemetery In El Paso

There was another section of the cemetery that had graves from the Woodmen of the World:

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I had never even heard of this organization before visiting Evergreen Cemetery.  After doing a little web searching here is what I found out about the Woodmen:

Woodmen of the World is a fraternal organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that operates a large privately held insurance company for its members.

Its history includes the erection of numerous distinctive tombstones depicting tree stumps across the country prior to 1930, a program to donate flags, and broadcast interests that were to own the first television station where Johnny Carson worked.  [Wikipedia]

Speaking of fraternal organizations, there was of course Freemasons buried at Evergreen as well:

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There was also a section of the cemetery dedicated to deceased nuns:

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The final thing of interest I saw in Evergreen Cemetery was the section dedicated to the Magoffin family which was one of the most prominent families in the city’s early days:

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I am sure there is plenty more of interesting history to be found in Evergreen Cemetery, but unfortunately there is very little written about the cemetery that can be found on the Internet.  So I was limited to walking around and trying to identify anything of interest.  The much more well known Concordia Cemetery has much written about it and the graveyard has plenty of historical markers within the cemetery to point out to visitors the various historic graves.  This is not something that Evergreen has going for it.  Really the only historical tidbit I could find about Evergreen Cemetery was that former Mexican President Victoriano Huerta was buried in the cemetery.  I walked around trying to find it but I could not locate it.  If anyone has any good links of historical interest about Evergreen Cemetery please feel free to share in the comments section because I would definitely like to learn more about this cemetery.

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