|Hwy 40; Palo Duro Wildorado|
Deaf Smith County
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Palo Duro Wildorado Cemetery, actually lies just south of the Oldham County line in Deaf Smith County.
Palo Duro Baptist Church is across the road. The assocation with the cemetery is historical not current.
Early settlers to this area included the JC Womble family, which came in January 1892. The next year, the community obtained land on which to build a schoolhouse, known as the Union School. In May 1893, George D. Whitfield, a young cowboy, was buried in what was the schoolyard. His is the first marked burial, although two earlier graves were known to exist.
In 1901, residents organized the Palo Duro Missionary Baptist Church and held services in the schoolhouse. They moved across the road in 1905. In May 1910, the school moved approximately two miles north, and the property reverted back to its original owner. The land with the gravesites was deeded to the community in 1914 for use as a cemetery.
During the mid 20th century, area residents brought additional land and added a well and fence, as the burial site of numerous area residents, as well as men and women veterans of the military. The cemetery serves as a link to the areas rich history.
Historic Texas Cemetery 2004