In 1935, the Davidians established the original Mount Carmel Center in Waco Tx. Victor T. Houteff compiled his religious teachings and prophecy into a book called The Shepherd’s Rod. The 189 acres the Davidians bought contained a river, forest area, and a clearing where houses and farms could be built. This community was designed to be self-sustaining.The Davidians established a commune where they could heal their own sick, teach their own children, run their own community, and farm their own crops, selling the surplus to visitors for any cash they needed.
The Davidian Church flourished at Mount Carmel, even thriving during the Great Depression due to the excess farmed crops which they sold at a farmers’ market open to the public. They also modernized their commune by constructing water and sewage systems, adding electricity and telephone connections. In 1940, the Davidians expanded the compound to 375 acres by buying up property to the west. The population also grew from the original thirty-seven in 1935 to sixty-four residents in 1940.
In 1955 the leader died and his wife decided the commune needed to be moved further from Waco.
All burials were re-interred at Rosemound Cemetery in Waco TX.
GPS Coordinates: 31.52792, -97.21188
- Added: 16 Jan 2018
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2658702
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