West Camp Cemetery designated historical siteGabby Perez November 1, 2018 0 COMMENTS
BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
The West Camp Cemetery in Bailey County near Bulverde, Texas, has been declared a Texas Historic Cemetery, according to Jenny McWilliams, Cemetery Preservation Program Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission.
In a letter to the Muleshoe Journal, Milton Sellars of Bulverde said “After 1 ½ years of frustration and lack of cooperation from several people, I finally got the West Camp Cemetery declared a State Historical Site.”
Sellars said the last burial there was twins. The marker is dated 1965, but no names are recorded. The first recorded burial was R.J. Cooke in 1925.
According to Sellars, there are 17 graves with recorded markers and four graves without markers.
Sellars’ aunt, his mother’s younger sister, is buried in the cemetery. According to a page in cemeteries-of-tx.com, Mrs. Vera A. Waller was born Aug. 13, 1913, and died Oct. 20, 1932, age 19.
Sellars said he would like to see Bailey County take care of mowing the area where the graves are located.
“It would take such little effort since that area covers only about a ¼ of the total cemetery which would take less than one hour a month during growing season to maintain it. It is a shame and such a waste!”
A flyer from the Texas Historical Commission says a cemetery is eligible for designation if it is at least 50 years old and is deemed worthy of recognition for its historical associations.
“The very nature of a cemetery as a landmark of a family’s or community’s presence is considered to validate the criteria of historical associations,” the flyer states.
For directions to the cemetery, go to http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Bailey/cemetery/WestCamp.html.