Southern Gateway toll road could encroach on 1892 cemetery

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The Texas Department of Transportation’s Southern Gateway plan, which would reconfigure interstate highways 35 and 67 to include toll lanes, could encroach on a 123-year-old cemetery in Oak Cliff, preservationists say.

Screen shot 2015-01-28 at 5.49.49 PMThe McAdams Cemetery is just off the Interstate 35 service road, south of Illinois.

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In recent community meetings about the plan, the transportation department couldn’t answer definitively whether the cemetery would be spared from disruption, says Michael Amonett, a past president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and Landmark Commission appointee.

The league is planning a clean-up of the cemetery from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

Nathaniel McAdams was the third sheriff of Dallas County, elected in 1862. He also was a Dallas County Commissioner until 1896, and his name is engraved in the Old Red Courthouse. The McAdams family farm was where Wynnewood is now. The old cemetery, which has about 10 grave markers, is a Texas designated historic cemetery.

The league needs volunteers with gas-powered weed eaters, loppers, saws and a chainsaw for the clean-up.

Here are more photos, via Michael Amonett:

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  • downtownworker

    If they are taking a free lane like the HOV and tolling it, then they are tolling I-35. No different than stealing your car and then selling it to you.

  • wobo

    Your article is incorrect and inflammatory. They are not turning the freeways into toll roads, just the HOV like they are doing on LBJ and elsewhere. Get your facts right.

  • downtownworker

    It’s imperative that neighbors come out and show TxDOT we will not let them toll I-35. We care about this family’s contribution to Wynnewood and they will not disturb these graves.