Save the date!
It’s back for the third exciting year! The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association is proud to announce the roster for the Sunday,March 20, 2011 Historical Walk in Phoenix’s Early Cemeteries. This event, held in the spring and fall weather months, has become a popular program in the lineup of events held at old cemetery grounds and Smurthwaite House in downtown Phoenix.
Costumed reenactment characters will be portraying some of the early Phoenix pioneers who shaped the city into what it is today. Guests receive a little bit of a history lesson and a big helping of great entertainment as the tour guides lead groups of visitors through some of Phoenix’s first cemeteries. The Masons, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias purchased the current location for laying out a cemetery. There are 8 different cemeteries that make up this historic complex.
The Historical Walk in Phoenix’s Early Cemeteries is an event the entire family can enjoy together. Water and light refreshments will be served.
Cost is $10 for adults $5 for students 12 and under. Children under 5 are free.
All proceeds go toward research, projects, and studies for the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association.
Registration begins at 11:30am. The first groups of tours will begin at 12 noon. The second groups of tours will begin at 1PM—rain or shine—this will be a tour you will always remember.
The March 2011 historic cemetery walk will be featuring the historic citizens buried in Porter and Rosedale Cemeteries.
Special guest at the event will be the ARIZONA GHOSTBUSTERS and the KAOS FUNERAL CARS hearse club!
Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
14th Avenue and Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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SOME OF THE HISTORIC CHARACTERS FEATURED ON THE MARCH 2010 CEMETERY WALK ARE:
MINNIE DEAN: 1868-1900 Minnie was raised in Iowa and the daughter of Civil War bugler PVT James G Henshaw. The family moved to Arizona where she became the wife of John Dean.
JOHN D DOBBS: 1866-1899 Dobbs was born in Kentucky. While herding cattle near Fort Bowie, he was attached by Apaches. This left him an invalid and he was the only person to receive a pension from the Arizona Territory.
MARTIN EVANSON: 1866-1899 Known as “Shorty the Plumber” this tradesman hailed from Wisconsin A sudden illness threw a wrench in his career. He was a member of the early Phoenix Fire Department.
ZADA M HALSEY: 1852-1900 Mrs. Halsey came to Phoenix from New York. She was the dedicated wife of a Baptist minister. Zada was the president of the Missionary Society in the Phoenix area.
SCOTT HELM: 1862-1897 Helm graduated from Rush medical college in Chicago and learned his surgical skills in Maine. This successful Phoenix doctor answered all medical calls whether he was paid or not.
MAUDE KENNEDY: 1877-1902 Maude grew up on the farmlands of Nebraska and Missouri. She married a rancher from Montana. She later joined her family in Arizona where “there was no snow.”
ROSALIE SCHINDLER: 1839-1901 Rosalie was raised in California where she met Capt. William F Schindler. She was well known in Prescott and Phoenix where she was a lifetime member of the Woman’s Relief Corps.
WILLIAM F SCHINDLER: 1830-1908 Born in Germany, Schindler fought in the Civil War and helped settle the Arizona Territory. He was the Grand Commander of the Arizona division of G.A.R.
SEE YOU AT THE CEMETERY “WHERE PHOENIX’S PAST COMES ALIVE!”
Check out our previous cemetery tours in the recommended stories below!
Debe Branning [email protected]