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Taken 16-Jun-07
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Keywords:Texas Cemeteries, Cross Cut Cemetery, Brown County Cemetery
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.41 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Jun-07 09:47
Date modified16-Jun-07 09:47
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length30 mm
Focal length (35mm)45 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.1
Exposure1/200 at f/29
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
Metering modeSpot
Digital zoom1x
Cross Cut Cemetery

Cross Cut Cemetery

Cross Cut
Brown County, Texas
32 01.392' N 90 07.892' W

Historical Marker: Settlement began in this area of Brown County after the Civil War when several families from southern states moved here. They formed a community, initially known as Cross Out. It became Cross Cut in 1897 when an error was made on a post office application. Caroline Pentecost Elsberry was the first person buried in this community cemetery in July 1879. The two-acre plot of land dedicated as a graveyard is believed to have been donated by Mark and Sarah Pentecost. Oil was discovered in 1923 in the Cross Cut sand formation. The small town quickly swelled to accommodate the increase in population and several new businesses were added. By 1940 the population of the town was exceeded by the number of burials in the cemetery. In 1954 the Cross Cut School consolidated with Cross Plains Schools, and the town declined thereafter. Only a few buildings and the cemetery remain. Among those buried here are early settlers and their descendants, and veterans of conflicts from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. A cemetery association was formed in 1976, and a perpetual care trust was established. The site continues to serve the area.