Due to the weather conditions, the cemetery’s grounds are closed to the general public for walking and sightseeing, however, the cemetery’s administration office is open. The cemetery’s grounds are open to vehicular traffic for visitation of loved ones, however, please be aware that conditions might not be suitable for visitors to walk to the gravesite, and visitors will have to make that determination when they arrive. Pedestrians coming to visit loved ones may be escorted by our security personnel, to the gravesite, but there is no guarantee that the security personnel will be able to find the location due to conditions at the gravesite.
Founder of the NY Rangers hockey franchise in 1926, George Lewis “Tex” Rickard, was an American boxing promoter and builder of the third Madison Square Garden. Rickard was born in Kansas City, MO in 1870 and spent most of his youth in Texas. At the age of 23, he was elected marshal of Henrietta, TX and it is there that he acquired the nickname of “Tex.” He became interested in promoting boxing matches and in 1920, Tex secured the rights to promote live events from Madison Square Garden in NYC. By 1924, he put financing in place to construct a new Madison Square Garden which was completed a year later. To compete with the now-defunct New York Americans ice hockey team, Tex was awarded an NHL franchise in 1926. The team was dubbed ‘Tex’s Rangers’ and the nickname stuck. They won division title in their first season and the Stanley cup in their second season. Rickard died at the age of 59 and is buried at The Woodlawn Cemetery. Each year, at the beginning of the hockey season, mementoes can be found at his gravesite, left behind by NY Rangers’ fans with the hopes of bringing forth a winning season.