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Texas State Cemetery, Austin

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The Texas State Cemetery (TSC) is a cemetery located on about 22 acres (8.9 ha) just east of downtown Austin, the capital of the U.S. state of Texas. Originally the burial place of Edward Burleson, Texas Revolutionary general and vice-president of the Republic of Texas, it was expanded into a Confederate cemetery during the Civil War. Later it was expanded again to include the graves and cenotaphs of prominent Texans and their spouses.

It is a popular tourist attraction and colloquially referred to as the "Arlington of Texas" because of the renown of those interred and proximity to the seat of government.
The cemetery is divided into two sections. The smaller one contains around 900 graves of prominent Texans, while the larger has over 2,000 marked graves of Confederate veterans and widows. There is room for 7,500 interments; the cemetery is about half full, after including plots chosen by people who are eligible for burial.

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  • Final resting place of many key people in Texas history from Civil War to present. Grounds are well maintained. Easy to walk through. The area designed as a garden. Peaceful place to clear the mind... 
    Final resting place of many key people in Texas history from Civil War to present. Grounds are well maintained. Easy to walk through. The area designed as a garden. Peaceful place to clear the mind...  more »
  • This was a beautiful spot and some great people rest here. Our guide Colt really honored this place and I am so glad we stopped here. 
    This was a beautiful spot and some great people rest here. Our guide Colt really honored this place and I am so glad we stopped here.  more »
  • As an Antietam Battlefield Guide and military history enthusiast, I was particularly interested in the Confederate cemetery and noted military leaders buried at the cemetery. Richard did a great job.....  more
    As an Antietam Battlefield Guide and military history enthusiast, I was particularly interested in the Confederate cemetery and noted military leaders buried at the cemetery. Richard did a great job.....  more »
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  • Texas State Cemetery is beautifully kept and full of rich, Texas history! Lots of shade to help on a hot day. Be sure to check out the visitor center for a quick video and to cool off in the ice cold a/c. Walk the grounds and pay respects to many of our state’s founders, including Stephen F. Austin. Other notable graves, Chris Kyle, Ann Richards and many more. Nancy was a kind and knowledgeable tour guide. We came early to beat the heat and she was more than willing to show us around.
  • Although the state capital building a few blocks away seems to attract the tourists and attention, arguably the Texas State Cemetery is a better destination for those looking for a pleasant stroll through a well-kept green space with a heavy dose of Texas history. It’s a very easily navigable and accessible place with lots of familiar Texas names from Denton Cooley to Stephen F. Austin. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • Made an unexpected stop to the cemetery, and we were so excited to see the resting places of so many famous, beloved Texans. The temperature was extremely high so we were only able to walk a small section, but look forward to returning to see the rest of the beautiful grounds and memorials.
  • Beautiful resting ground for some of Texas's most revered politicians, ground breakers, athletes and military heroes such as Stephen F Austin, Governor Connelly and Chris Kyle. We were treated to an impromptu tour when we arrived and we were awed by how impressive her depth of knowledge was about the grounds, the history of Texas and the backgrounds of those laid to eternal rest here. As a lifelong Texan, this was my first visit and I was blown away.
  • Beautiful place, well kept grounds, lots of history. The flags during Memorial day weekend is a MUST see if you're in the area.

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