Tucker Cemetery

Stoneridge Road

The origin of the name Tucker Cemetery is a mystery as we could find no Tucker family member during our visit. This small resting place seems far more inclined to be called the Teague or Short Cemetery due to the number of deceased from those families.

Access to the cemetery is questionable. While there was an old no trespassing sign away from the cemetery it seemed to predate the designated parking areas for cemetery. Furthermore, the cemetery was surrounded by a fairly new chainlink fence with no signage whatsoever and an unlocked gate. Unfortunately there is no phone number listed to contact for access to the cemetery like the nearby Tarleton Cemetery.

The popular Rudy's BBQ restaurant lies just a stone's throw from the cemetery along Capital of Texas Highway. An access road from Stoneridge Road leading into Rudy's fed a fairly active stream of auto traffic along the southern boundary of the cemetery.

Tucker cemetery appears to be referenced in a haunting story, the details of which can be found here. The problem is that while the cemetery does contain the graves of some children, it does not appear to have an inordinate number of them. In a nutshell, Tucker appears to be a typical, small Hillcountry cemetery. The only references to the haunting tale appear on a couple of web sites that all appear to contain exactly the same small bit of information with no variance. This indicates a common source of the information and a lack of evidence to backup the claim. So the story appears to be just that, a story. Besides, only a fool would believe in haunted cemeteries anyway.

Inward view
This small cemetery looks peaceful and remote, but overlooks Rudy's BBQ on Capital of Texas Highway just a hundred yards away. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Tucker Cemetery might also properly be called Teague Cemetery due to the large presense by the family. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
This young child's headstone was the earliest that we could find. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Many headstones resemble this one with very simple hard carved lettering. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Like some other graves, the marker for this one leaves no clue as to the age of the deceased or when they passed away. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
James Short appears to have served in the Arizona Brigade of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Information on this lesser known unit of the army can be found <a href="http://members.tripod.com/~azrebel/page14.html" target="new">here</a>. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
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