Sand Hill Cemetery named a Texas Historical site

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By Heather Russell
Staff Reporter

A crowd of about a hundred people gathered at Sand Hill Cemetery in Simms on May 6, 2017 to celebrate its designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery.  The board of directors of the Sand Hill Cemetery Association have been working on obtaining this designation for about two years.  
Cemeteries that are at least 50 years old can apply through the Texas Historical Commission and once they are photographed, mapped, and recorded in county deed records, they are designated a Historic Texas Cemetery, worthy of preservation.
Guest speaker Dr. Gary VanDeaver said, “The ground around every marker out there has had tears shed on it.  Now this cemetery is less likely to fall into disrepair, become neglected, or endangered.”  He also presented the Sand Hill Cemetery Association with a Texas flag that he had flown over the State Capital in honor of Sand Hill Cemetery’s designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery.
Bowie County Judge James Carlow was also on hand to present the Sand Hill Cemetery Association with a plaque to commemorate the event.  
“Historic cemeteries are among our most valuable cultural resources,” said Judge Carlow.  “Congratulations to the Sand Hill Cemetery Association Board of Directors and to all of the families that support this cause.”
Sand Hill Cemetery Association Board of Directors President Burl Minter closed the ceremony with a special thank you to Danny Watson.
 “Danny has used his equipment and talents to clear the land and church yard,” said Minter.  “The community owes him a debt of gratitude.”
There are still big plans in the works for future improvements to Sand Hill Cemetery.  Upcoming projects include the restoration of old markers, repair of existing roadways, and construction of a new roadway.  Those interested in supporting these efforts are encouraged to volunteer, help organize a fund-raising campaign, or make a tax exempt donation.


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