History of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park
The Cook-Walden legacy of service began in the late 1800s when Samuel E. Rosengren opened a downtown funeral home in the 400 block of Congress Street, serving the needs of Texas' growing capital until 1920. Charles B. Cook purchased Rosengren's business and opened an opulent three-story building located between the capitol and the governor's mansion. The business very quickly became the largest and most prestigious provider of funeral and ambulance services in Austin. Mr. Cook continued the tradition of providing the finest in care and service in Austin for more than 50 years.
Charles Walden purchased Cook Funeral Home in 1971, bringing 30 years of dedication and service to the business. Mr. Walden soon moved the Cook-Walden Funeral Home from 11th and Colorado avenues to North Lamar Street, where it continues to be an Austin landmark. Mr. Walden acquired two adjacent cemeteries on North I-35 and continued to expand the Cook-Walden name in 1985 with the acquisition of Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown and Young Funeral Home in Florence. In addition, Mr. Walden constructed Cook-Walden/Chapel of the Hills off Route 183 and Anderson Mill Road. In 1992, the Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in the Oak Hill area became part of the Cook-Walden family and Cook-Walden joined the Dignity Memorial® network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.
The jewel in the Cook-Walden crown was added in 1997 with a new 17,000 square foot funeral home facility at Capital Parks Cemetery. Cook-Walden continues to be a place of comfort and help to all those who call upon us. With five funeral homes and three cemeteries across the metro area, Cook-Walden offers options that meet the needs of everyone.