Saints and Sinners Tour at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery
As you walk along the shaded paths under the majestic Oak trees at the Oakwood Cemetery, you will be in the presence of many of the famous, and infamous, residents that helped make Fort Worth what it is today.
Sometimes called “Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth,” Oakwood Cemetery was founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of the area’s first settlers, and is the second oldest cemetery in Fort Worth. The cemetery was designated as a historical site in 1966.
You can stroll the cemetery paths and see the final resting place of notorious men such as Longhair Jim Courtright and Luke Short, or rancher and oilman Burk Burnett and musician Euday Bowan. And don’t miss the final resting place of local, prominent, African-American leaders, Bill “Gooseneck” McDonald and Hagar Tucker.
There is also life at Oakwood Cemetery! While the cemetery, and its residents, are quiet and peaceful, it comes to life every year on the last weekend of October when some of its inhabitants rise from their slumber to share their stories. Whether they be saints in their past lives or sinners, you are sure to be intrigued and fascinated. You never know who may make an appearance. It could be one of the famed outlaws buried there, a well-known Texas rancher, a wealthy oil tycoon, a war hero, or a lady of the night.
So, make your plans to attend the Oakwood Saints and Sinners Tour on the last weekend of October and hear about Fort Worth history from the people that made it!
Saints and Sinners Tour
701 Grand Ave., Fort Worth, Tx
North Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E Exchange Ave, Suite 110
Fort Worth, TX 76164