2010-08-26 / Historical

Examining whereabouts of Texas’ most famous graves


A reader called a few days ago, asking where John Wesley Hardin, one of East Texas’ most famous outlaws, was buried.

His call brought up the question of where other famous people are buried in Texas and elsewhere.

Hardin, by the way, is buried in Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, where he was shot in the head in 1895 by Constable John Selman.

Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde was shot and killed in a stolen Ford in 1934 in Louisiana.

He was buried in Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas.

Bonnie Parker, Clyde’s partner in crime, was killed at the same time, but she was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, also in Dallas.

Jesse James, who spent quite a bit of time in Texas, was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, Mo. He was shot in the head at the James home in 1882 by Bob Ford, but legend has it that he did not die and moved to Granbury, where he was buried.

Frank James, who lived a quiet life on the family farm, died in 1915 and was buried at Hill Park Cemetery in Missouri.

Another Granbury legend says John Wilkes Booth did not die after shooting Abraham Lincoln in 1865, but escaped, recovered from his wounds and was also buried in the Texas town.

John Wayne, whose real name was Marion Michael Morrison, made some of the world’s best western films.

He died in 1970 and was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, Calif.

Sam Houston, the first and third presidents of the Republic of Texas, died at his farm near Huntsville in 1863.

He is buried in Huntsville’s Oakwood Cemetery.

Judge Roy Bean of Langtry, known as the “Law West of the Pecos,” is buried in Del Rio Cemetery on the Texas-Mexico border.

Bean once fined a corpse $40 for carrying a concealed weapon.

Quanah Parker, the son of Comanche chief Pete Nacona and Cynthia Ann Parker, a white woman taken captive as a child at Fort Parker, is buried at Fort Sill, Okla. He died in 1911.

Will Rogers, who also spent some time in Texas, died in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska, in 1935.

He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

Belle Starr, who rode with William Quantrill and his guerillas during the Civil War, was killed in 1889 and was buried at her cabin in Eufaula, Okla.

Trigger, Roy Rogers’ palomino, died in 1965 and was mounted in a rearing position. He was on display at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Mo., until the museum closed.

Smokey the Bear, who became a symbol of fighting forest fires, died in 1976 at a Washington zoo. His body was buried in the Smokey Bear Historical Park near Lincoln, N.M.

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