Mt. Olive Cemetery is a Historical Cemetery. The oldest known death date is 1883; however Mt. Olive was not established until 1884 when the Howard County Commissioners Court ordered the original cemetery be moved. There are 92 recorded burials from 1883 to 1900. For many years, death certificates were not required to be filed and Cemetery records were not always kept with exact locations of the grave. Therefore, it was up to the family to mark the grave and keep a record of the location. While most families did place a wooden cross or something similar, in this West Texas weather those items deteriorated or were covered by dirt over the years. City staff is working diligently to not only maintain current records of burials within Mt. Olive Cemetery, but to identify locations of many known to be buried in the Cemetery, but unknown locations. We ask the assistance of family members as we strive to identify the locations. We are thankful for each person that has worked with us in this endeavor, and look forward to working with others.
Mt. Olive Cemetery as a whole is 47.45 acres with over 12,000 graves. Mt. Olive Cemetery has numerous veterans interred within its grounds. To date, we know we have vets of the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI and WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. We would love to be able to place a flag at each site on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but with over 900 known vets we are unable to do this.
The City asks that each person observe the rules of the Cemetery; therefore, helping us maintain its beauty.