As one is often reminded, Texas is a really big place. As a result, it has generated a whole mess of incredibly interesting people. A lot of them are no longer alive.
Here is where to find the graves of 12 fascinating Texans from throughout history.
Bigger than life for virtually his entire existence, Crockett was a Tennessee congressman, a near-mythical outdoorsman who inspired a TV show (and hat craze) and, wait, there was something else *checks notes* he fought in the Texas Revolution, dying at the Alamo. He is memorialized at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The dazzling blues guitarist and Austin’s favorite son (possibly besides Willie?) was famously killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 35. He is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
The legendary Cowboys coach is also the inspiration for some of the all-time best jokes on “King of the Hill.” This one didn’t even need a setup: “Mom, Dad’s talking to the Tom Landry plate again.” Doff your winter-weight fedora to him at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.
Selena in concert in 1994 in San Antonio (photo: Sung Park/Statesman)
The legendary Tejano superstar died at the the hands of her fan club president in one of the most horrifying celebrity deaths of all time. She is buried at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.
Ann B. Davis
Best known as housekeeper Alice Nelson on “The Brady Bunch,” Davis was a devout Episcopalian and lived for much of her later life in San Antonio. She is buried at Saint Helena's Columbarium and Memorial Gardens in Boerne.
Paul Neal “Red” Adair
One of those guys who ends up on various shortlists of dopest Americans of the 20th century, the impossibly cool Adair was a legendary fighter of oil well fires, founder of the awesomely named Red Adair Service and Marine Company and was once played (more or less) by John Wayne in a not-great movie called “Hellfighters.” He is buried at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston.