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Clarendon: Citizens Cemetery

Clarendon, the oldest existing town in the Texas Panhandle, had its earliest death recorded in this cemetery is 1885.  Clarendon was moved from 5 miles north of its present location in 1889. Some of the graves and a memorial were moved at this time. There are eleven headstones that state “Saints Roost Colonist 1878”. The memorial states: 1878 - 1886 In this first cemetery of Donley County, sixteen rods west, lie the first dead of old Clarendon. Here white civilization sank its roots in sadness and from the graves in this sacred acre, strong pioneer spirits turned to face the future with greater love for the land and a firmer determination to build for a tomorrow, which we know today. To those of the old Clarendon Colony who first found rest on the bold promotory and to their survivors, this stone of imperisable Texas granite is loyally and lovingly dedicated


  • Hwy 70 South of Clarendon
  • Clarendon, Texas
  • 79226

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