Masonic Cemetery

Masonic Cemetery (HM1MHH)

Location: Big Spring, TX 79720 Howard County
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N 32° 16.287', W 101° 28.551'

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Staked Plains Lodge No. 598, A.F. & A.M., was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas on December 12, 1884. The members soon recognized a need for a Masonic cemetery in Big Spring. In May 1885 George Bauer (1836-1898), a member of the Lodge, donated land at this site for that purpose. Adjacent land was given later for other community graveyards, which have become known collectively as Mount Olive Cemetery.

The earliest documented grave in the Masonic Cemetery is that of William Howerton (1846-1886). At least one gravestone bears an earlier date, but it is for a grave which was reinterred here from another location. Among those buried here are many Masons and their families, including a number of community leaders; Texas and Pacific Railway Company employees; George Bauer, original donor of the property; and veterans of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam.

Over the years, additional land acquisitions have enlarged the size of the cemetery to sixteen acres. A variety of sizes and styles of grave markers can be seen in the historic graveyard.
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HM NumberHM1MHH
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Marker Number3241
Year Placed1990
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 2:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 266802 N 3573215
Decimal Degrees32.27145000, -101.47585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 16.287', W 101° 28.551'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 16' 17.22" N, 101° 28' 33.06" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-350, Big Spring TX 79720, US
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