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Voices from Small Places - Arcadia, TX

There are two active cemeteries related to the Arcadia community: Powdrill Cemetery and Pleasant Grove Cemetery. According to the State of Texas, a cemetery is any human burial site whether an individual or a thousand named or unnamed. One goal of this project is to document and research these cemeteries. This research will then be used to apply to the Texas Historical Commission to have both designated as Historic Texas Cemeteries. There are also other cemeteries in the area which have been documented by the historic resources survey.

Powdrill Cemetery

The Powdrill Cemetery is named for the many Arcadia Powdrill family members buried in it. The oldest Powdrill burial is M.J.E. Powdrill buried 1852. The cemetery is located directly across from the Arcadia Church of Christ on FM 138, just east of Arcadia. For a comprehensive list of interments see the Find-A-Grave entry for Powdrill.

Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Many former Arcadia residents are buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery a few miles northeast of Arcadia. The earliest burial is J.H. Anderson in 1878. The cemetery is located directly behind the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on C.R. 1470.