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Note: Located at Oak Grove and Hall Street in Dallas, Tx. Main entrance to cemetery is off Oak Grove. There is another entrance off Hall stree but it is not used.
3020 Oak Grove Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
Col. William H. Gaston, Civil War veteran and Dallas entrepaneur, and his banking partner W.H. Thomas purchased land from the John Cole family here in 1874 and opened the Trinity Cemetery. In the earliest decades of settlement of Dalls County, many pioneer families had established family graveyards on their farms. Gaston's and Thomas' Trinity Cemetery was located two miles from the Courthouse downtown. It was remote, surrounded by the farms of several families, including the Thomases, Worthingtons, Overands and the huge Caruth farm to the north.
The first recorded burial at Trinity was Mrs. Susan Bradford in March 1875. By 1896, although many prominent Dallas families had purchased lots and many burials had taken place, the cemetery had fallen into disrepair and neglect. A commentator noted: "The fence is down in twenty places, cattle roam all over the graves and wagons use the main street as a common thoroughfare." As a result of such criticism, the privately endowed Greenwood Cemetery Association was formed, assumed care and operation of the graveyard and renamed it "Greenwood".
In 1921 another improvement effort by the Cemetery Association resulted in paving of the streets and repair of some of the oldest headstones. The 1940s saw Dallasites enjoying spring visits to Greenwood to view the 3,000 flowering redbud and 300 white-flower peach trees.