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Law and order still prevails in the old Phoenix cemetery

Cast of the March 2014 Cemetery Walk
Cast of the March 2014 Cemetery Walk
Photo by Debe Branning

Spirits from some of the early Phoenix lawmen and their wives were recently seen strolling in the old historic Pioneer and Military Memorial Park (cemeteries). It was the eerie scene of the tenth Historical Walk in Phoenix’s Early Cemeteries on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The 11:00am tour groups were escorted back in time when Phoenix was an up and coming city and Arizona was still a Territorial State. Guests met with the ghosts of the early sheriffs, marshals and some of their wives of the late 1890’s, early 1900’s that were dedicated to maintaining law and order in the Wild, Wild West.

Wife of Sheriff James Monihon
Photo by Debe Branning

Seven cemeteries make up the eleven acre complex that contain the burial sites of many early Phoenix pioneers who helped shape the way of life in the state of Arizona. The site was used until 1914 and many old tombstones still dot the aged graveyard.

The Historic Cemetery Walk tours are sponsored by the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association in Phoenix. Longtime member, Debe Branning, organizes and heads up the special historic tour program. Eight dearly departed gravesites are selected, researched, and showcased on each historic tour. Volunteer actors receive a researched, scripted biography of one of the pioneers buried in the cemetery. They add their own research, props and personality to the character. The Historic Cemetery Walk is an event the entire family can enjoy. Each bi-yearly tour offers a new set of tales of dearly departed Phoenix residents. Guests have an opportunity to learn about the lives of these unique pioneers—where they came from, why they settle in Arizona, and how they lived and died. No tour is ever the same! Proceeds from these tours are earmarked for Gravestone Preservation.

Some of the misfortunate departed lawmen featured in the March 2014 historic cemetery walk were Thomas J Barnum, Noah M Broadway, Henry Garfias, William T Gray, William A Hancock, James D Monihon, Lindley H Orme, and Josephus Phy.

“I personally want to thank the cast and crew of the Historic Cemetery Walk for making the event a huge success. Also, I wish to thank family, friends and volunteers of the PCA who helped wherever needed. A special thank you goes out to the Kaos Funeral Car club for showcasing the hearses” Debe Branning

CLICK on this MUSICAL SLIDESHOW to see WALKS in past years.

Pioneer & Military Memorial Park

14th Avenue and Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Kaos Funeral Cars

Debe Branning

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