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SAM Inc. LiDAR Project

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Projects

In the fall of 2012, Survey and Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) completed a GIS project (Geographic Information System), thus creating a high-resolution digital model of Olivewood Cemetery. This project incorporated the use of Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) imagery of the cleared sections of the cemetery. This type of imagery makes it possible to view Olivewood as a three dimensional digital computer graphic model and preserves the exact likenesses of the monuments and headstones. It also locates interment sites based on a gridding system, a feature which may be very useful in future restoration work.

SAM, Inc. will use data collected from the gridding project done at Olivewood, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, RIP program, CARI, Descendants of Olivewood, and the City of Houston survey. The imagery and information collected from this project can be used for the creation of a virtual tour of the cemetery. You can view the result of this project in the Explore section of this website.

Published February 20, 2013

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The Future of Olivewood

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Projects

The vision for our plan to restore Olivewood Cemetery as a cultural center can be seen below. These images reflect our current working knowledge of the legal boundaries of the cemetery, and a list of improvements we hope to one day be able to make to the cemetery and surrounding grounds.

Court Street View

Court Street View

Court Street View

Court Street View

While we engage in the long process of restoring Olivewood, we always look forward and plan for the future. We are confident that our efforts will engender a new perspective on Houston’s past so that present and future generations might remember this important cultural site. We hope our continuing work with community partners and volunteers will make this vision a reality.

Published January 10, 2013

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Beautification

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Current Project

As more and more acreage of the cemetery comes under control with regular maintenance and care, we will be pursuing a program of plot and walkway beautification.

Time, nature and vandalism have taken a toll on the historic headstones of Olivewood. Their restoration is of primary importance to us. While we improve the grounds, we will be working to raise the funds necessary to professionally restore these artifacts of Houston’s history.

If you are interested in helping Olivewood Cemetery, we invite you to volunteer with us.

Published January 10, 2013

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Erosion Remediation

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Current Project

Nature has a history of vandalizing Olivewood Cemetery, in the guise of erosion and hurricane damage. Drainage to White Oak Bayou has taken away several of our gravesites, and Hurricane Ike toppled several old and stately oaks on top of fragile headstones. We thank the City of Houston for helping us remove some of the greatest Ike damage but there is still a lot of debris that needs to be removed.

We have worked with CARI to exhume several sets of remains from one of the eroding ravines. We also thank our neighbors at Grocer’s Supply for helping us with some drainage issues and hope to work with them in the future in continuing to remediate our erosion issues.

Published January 10, 2013

 

Update on Erosion and Clean-Up

As the neighborhood surrounding the cemetery continues to evolve, Descendants of Olivewood is working with the City of Houston, TIRZ, the Houston Parks Board, and the developers at Capcor, LLC to ensure that past drainage and erosion problems do not continue with future development. We are especially thankful for the volunteers who have come since the recent flooding to help in the clean-up and maintenance process.

Published June 26, 2016

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