South Gabriel Cemetery


A wide view of the cemetery. The South Gabriel Cemetery Assoc. does a great job of maintaining the site.
A wide view of the cemetery. The South Gabriel Cemetery Assoc. does a great job of maintaining the site.
The South Gabriel Cemetery not only marks the resting place for the individuals who are buried here, but it is also the remaining epitaph for an entire community. The town of South Gabriel was originally called Lewiston, but the name was changed when the post office arrived in 1871. By 1880 the tiny community of 39 featured a church, a school, two stores, a hotel, a saloon, a cotton gin and other businesses.

South Gabriel's downfall came with the railroad, which despite a $3000 incentive to build through the town, built through nearby Bertram. The post office moved to Bertram in 1882. By 1907 the town's school relocated elsewhere. A clustering of houses remained through the 1940's, but today all that remains is the cemetery.

The cemetery is well served by the South Gabriel Cemetery Association that maintains the property. Compared to many other small cemeteries, the property is spotless and well groomed, a peaceful resting place even after all these years.

This sign seems to indicate that it also goes by the name South San Gabriel Cemetery. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Infant graves are always touching, particularly when there are more than one. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
One of the ubiquitous Woodmen of the World markers. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
This 1909 marker is in magnificient shape. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
This marker appears to be sinking into the Earth. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
South Gabriel has the usual WWII vets, but also a Confederate soldier. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
This half finished look seems to have been fashionable in the 1920's. It conjures up images of order emerging from chaos. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Another example of the order out of chaos motif. This marker also includes photos of the deceased. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
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