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History of the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
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In 1927 Austin Memorial Park cemetery came into when Gladys and J. T. Bowman sold 112.75 acres of land to Austin Memorial Park, a private corporation, for the sum of $10 "and other good and valuable consideration." The first burial occurred in the same year. It is now the primary cemetery in the City of Austin that still has available space. And since no other cemetery can, by law, be created within the city limits or within three miles of any city, those spaces become more important every day..

AMP is the final resting place of a great many veterans, particularly those of "the greatest generation," WWII service members. But two Civil War veterans buried there, and graves of veterans from the Spanish-American War, WWI, and Vietnam, and at least one veteran of the war in Iraq. There is no question but that this is sacred ground for U.S. Service personnel.

The diverse culture of Austin in the 20th and 21st centuries is indicted by names and monuments – German, French, Hispanic, Asian, among others. An example:

Michener, James A. -b. February 3, 1907 d. October 16, 1997 Author. He was a prolific writer who gained a readership and fortune in the missions. His literary success began with "Tales of the South Pacific," which won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize (and was the basis for "South Pacific," a long-running Broadway musical and later a motion picture). He wrote more than 40 books including "Texas," "Hawaii," "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," and "Space." Cause of death: Kidney failure
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