Brewster-Bravo Cemetery

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Brewster-Bravo Cemetery

Also known as El Sauz Ranch Cemetery

Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Memorials 85 added (87% photographed)

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Directions: In northwest corner of Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge south of Alamo, Texas.

Contact the preserve prior to visiting and ask that they mow the area. There is a heavy border patrol presence in the area.

Use caution due to the vicinity of the border.

From the Refuge, drive west two miles on US 281 to FM 2557(aka: Stewart Road); turn south onto the caliche road, pass Doffin Road. Go up and over the hill and cross the small water canal. The road continues down the hill and there is a locked gate.

Turn east (left) on the leve. The water canal will be on your left and it is a narrow road on top of the levee.

There is no room to turn around. After a half mile take first dirt road south (to the right).

Keep going. On the right you will see a dirt road with a tiny (non cemetery) sign. Turn right onto the dirt road.

The Brewster Bravo Cemetery is at the end of this dirt road. The gate is not locked.

For safety's sake please inform someone of your planned visit the cemetery and be very aware of the proximity to

the Mexican border.

HISTORY: The Brewster/Bravo Cemetery is located in the Los Toritos (Little Bulls) Land Grant, two leagues of pastureland

awarded to Maxiomo Dominguez by the Mexican State of Tamaulipas in 1834.

According to family oral history, William Brewster (aka: Uncle Billy)(1869-1953), the son of Dr. William J. T. G. Brewster and Louisa

Singleterry, stepdaughter of Nathaniel Jackson, made a gentleman's agreement with his neighbor, Esteban Bravo (1854-1924) of the

adjoining Bravo Ranch to allow the Bravo family to continue to make interments in the Brewster Cemetery.

And so the cemetery is called the Brewster Bravo Cemetery.

The first burial was before 1912, that of a baby of David and Emma Box Bravo (grave is unlocated).

Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge acquired the Brewster Ranch property in 1978, and the Brewster family retains the right to bury family

members in the cemetery. Other family members are buried in the nearby Jackson-Brewster Cemetery and the Jackson Ranch

Cemetery (aka: Methodist Chapel Cemetery or Jackson Chapel Cemetery).


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GPS Coordinates: 26.0783900, -98.1613600

  • Added: 1 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2559