|745 Ellis street|
Postal Code: 70859
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Pioneer Rest Cemetery is located adjacent to US Highway 83 (on the West side of the Hwy), in the town of Menard, Tx. The cemetery has a wide variety of headstones and memorials which are very interesting indeed. Pioneer Rest Cemetery is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, cemetery in the town of Menard.
Note: The community of Menard was first known as Menardville beginning in 1858. The name of the community was changed to Menard in the early 1900's.
Even though there may be earlier burials in Pioneer Rest Cemetery, the earliest I have located so far is the grave of William J. Bradford ( 1797 - 1863 ). There is an original worn stone marking the grave, and another small engraved headstone which has obviously been placed in front of the small original.
Should you visit this cemetery, be advised the steep hills and numerous stone or cement steps may pose a challenge for many.
The cemetery entrance is quite narrow and is only a few feet from the Southbound right lane of US Highway 83. Be careful when turning into the cemetery, and be even more cautious when preparing to exit the cemetery.