AZLE — Abraham Anderson of Azle Scout Troop 334 was searching for a project to earn his Eagle Scout badge, the highest achievement awarded in the Scouts program. The Abandoned Cemetery Association needed a fence placed around the Crane-Crow Cemetery west of Azle to replace one that had fallen into disrepair. Thus began the mutual relationship that benefited both Anderson and the preservation of a historic cemetery.
Requirements for Eagle Scout badges include showing leadership through an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Anderson worked with the ACA to define the perimeter, which is irregular; determine and obtain materials; coordinate access with surrounding land owners; establish and obtain funding; secure volunteers, which included other Scouts; then get people and materials assembled at the cemetery to construct the fence. It took a couple of days to complete the project as metal posts had to be set before wire could be stretched.
The ACA maintains over 80 abandoned cemeteries in Parker County.
The Crane-Crow Cemetery sits on land patented to Joel Crain (Crane) in 1859 and is located immediately south of land patented to J.D. Crow, hence the name given the cemetery.
The ACA is a non-profit organization that depends upon public support to maintain abandoned cemeteries. You can help by donating to: ACA, PO Box 61, Weatherford, TX 76086.