Hillcrest Cemetery is older than the City of Temple. The grounds have many marked burials that predate 1881, when the city began . This 70-acre sacred ground was once a farmer's field, where citizens in the mid-1870s began a one room school.
The cemetery evolved nearby when a student, age 17, died in 1877. An estimated 16,000 are buried here. Epitaphs in many languages reflect the increasingly diverse nationalities who settled here - Germans, Czechs, Italians, Hispanics, French, Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans.
Today, visitors stroll among the graceful old trees, magnificent ornate stones and charming ambiance. Students use it as a learning lab for class projects, and history buffs learn more about their heritage.
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