Thought you might want to see this one. It seems this cemetery near Elk ,
not far from Mount Carmel #2 of Branch Davidians, has been totally
neglected. Some of the Elk community is in West School District and some
According to Waco Tribune, the cemetery was given to the Harper family
for public burial grounds. The earliest death date readable is 1879.
Local libraries list 170 burials there. It has not been mowed or had
brush cut in 10 years. Donna Culverhouse was doing Geneaology there and
was shocked at the condition. Some of the above ground burials coverred
with rock fences and a cap stone have fallen and walls are cracked and
human bones have been pulled from the graves, apparently by burrowing
animals. They have contacted Karen R. Thompson, President of Save Texas
Cemeteries and County Commisioner Lester Gibson to plan future action.
Some trails indicate that someone visits regularly (They could be family,
or hunters, or trash dumpers or Drug related- who knows?)
David Castro, a volunteer with Save the Texas Cemeteries Organization
has surveyed the site and he reported that dead animals and trash had
been dumpped in the cemetery, but one photo shows a crumbling- falling
rock wall with human bones near the grave.
Erath County was also a part of Republic of Texas Milam County and Some
on Txerath(a)rootsweb.com have inquired about Harpers.
The article and photos were by Cindy Van Auken , reporter, at
Charles A. Wyly