Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Note: See important advance scheduling information at bottom of this post before visiting Alcoa.
Driving directions from Rockdale City Hall at the intersection of Hwy 79 (Cameron Ave.) and FM 487 south. Proceed south on FM 487 for 2.7 miles to the traffic signal at FM 2116. Turn right (west) and proceed for 6.2 miles to the Alcoa/Sandow guard shack with flagpoles. The road makes various curves with numerous side roads and it's possible to find yourself on the wrong road. Landmarks along the way to keep on course: Alcoa lake on right then pass 2 large plants on your right. When you see the coal slurry on your left, follow the parallel road to the guard shack. There will be various "No Trespassing" signs, but continue to the guard office.
There will be a parking area to the right immediately before the guard shack. Turn in there and park and check-in with the guards at the shack. They will direct you to the nearby Administration Bldg. (a few hundred feet away).
The contact there is Karolyn Puccio - Business Support Supervisor. Her Office telephone number is (512) 446-8681. Her cell phone number is (512) 760-5020. Her email is email@example.com
I found Karolyn to be very personable, helpful and supportive of families paying their respects to their departed family members. Special arrangements may be made regarding a recent death and needs for interment.
Important note; Alcoa administration is working with a very limited staff. Therefore they request that they have at least one week advance notice to line up retiree support staff to escort guests to the appropriate cemetery. Once a date has been lined up, it would be wise to confirm with Karolyn just prior to your visit to ensure an escort will be available. Also, many of the roads in Alcoa property are dirt and impassable after periods of heavy rain, so please keep that in consideration when scheduling a visit.
An added safety note; there are numerous large trucks and equipment on the grounds so please use extreme caution, especially at intersections and confined spaces.
Cemeteries on Alcoa property:
Richards, Richards Black, Simmons-Jones, Waddle, Barber, Miller on Alcoa, Bryant-Blassinggill aka Bryant-Massingill (possibly no longer in existence), Millerton (aka Freezeout).
Thanks to Jack Brooks for these directions