Mrs. Davy Crockett's grave.

Smallest State Park in Texas

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Acton, Texas

.006 acres. It's the tiny fenced zone around the grave of Elizabeth P. Crockett, Davy's second wife. Elizabeth was granted land in Texas for the bravery shown by Davy Crockett at the Alamo. But she waited 17 years to claim it, and by then all of the good spots in Texas were taken. So she ended up having to give a surveyor half of her savings to find a tract worth claiming. Her grave was declared a state park in 1911, and the Texas Legislature paid $2,000 to erect a tall pillar with her statue on top, looking west, waiting for Davy to come home. Maybe Texas felt guilty.

Elizabeth Crockett grave marker.

The log cabin in which Elizabeth lived was dismantled and moved to Dallas in 1936 for the Texas centennial. It disappeared thereafter, but a cabin over in Granbury claims to have Elizabeth's front limestone stoop.

Smallest State Park in Texas

Acton State Historical Site

Address:
Hwy. 4, Acton, TX
Directions:
Acton State Historical Site. 4.5 miles east of Granbury on US 377 to FM 167, then 2.4 miles south on FM 167 to Acton, then left (east) on Hwy 4. The cemetery is about a mile down the road, on the right.
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