Hillside Cemetery - Established in 1700
- Hillside Cemetery is located within the city limits of Cuero, Texas bordered by Valley and Sarah Streets. The main entrance to Hillside Cemetery is located at the intersection of Reuss Boulevard and Valley Street, 900 North Valley Street.
- The City of Cuero maintains Hillside Cemetery.
- Hillside has an annual Decoration Day, which takes place on the 3rd Sunday in April.
- Cemetery information on the purchase of plots and guidelines for monuments can be obtained by contacting the City of Cuero at 361-275-0000, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, or Park Superintendent David Danish @ 275-0000.
Hillside Cemetery Designated a Historic Texas Cemetery
On Sunday, February 26, 2006, Hillside Cemetery was officially designated a Historic Texas Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission.
A historical marker from the THC now stands near the flagpole at the front of the cemetery, which reads as follows:
The new community of Cuero was surveyed for the Cuero Land and Immigration Co. in 1873. That same year, the City incorporated, and the GWT&P Railroad extended its track to it from Indianola. The land company conveyed 12 acres at this site for use as a municipal burial ground in 1875. By 1880, local women formed a cemetery association to maintain burial plots. They raised funds and collected dues to employ a groundskeeper to make cemetery improvements. The site grew to include additional acreage and the once segregated African-American cemetery, Evergreen. The Ladies' Cemetery Association turned over its duties to the City in 1972, but an endowment established in 1919 continues to generate funds for cemetery projects.
Today, Hillside Cemetery is the final resting place for generations of area residents. In addition to pioneer settlers, artists, writers, educators and civic leaders, those buried here include elected officials and military veterans of conflicts dating to the Mexican War. Large monuments are reminders of the victims and survivors of the Indianola storms of 1875 and 1886.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004
The Texas Historical Commission's Historic Cemetery Program serves to "address the problem of cemetery destruction and to record as many cemeteries as possible...."