Save the date!
Looking for something different to do during the Halloween season? The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association is proud to announce the roster for the Saturday, October 22, 2011 Historical Walk in Phoenix’s Early Cemeteries. This event held each spring and fall, 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 7 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 10:30am. The group tour will begin promptly at 11:00AM—rain or shine. This will be a tour you will always remember. Don’t be late!
The October 2011 historic cemetery walk will be featuring the historic citizens associated with Phoenix’s notorious “underworld” in the City/Loosley and Rosedale Cemeteries. Being so close to Halloween, you never know “who” may rise from the grave!
Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
14th Avenue and Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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SOME OF THE HISTORIC CHARACTERS FEATURED ON THE OCTOBER 2011 CEMETERY WALK ARE:
WILLIAM BELCHER: 1848-1898 Known as the “Cockney” , Belcher was an Englishman who worked as a bartender at the Power’s Saloon. Jealous of the Madam’s activities, he shot her as she slept and turned the gun on himself.
MARY DEDIEO: 1863-1899 Mary was born in France and died in Prescott, AZ. She and a few of the ladies were fined for joy riding astride their horses down Van Buren Street and wearing merely their Mother Hubbard’s.
PAULINE FAYMAN: 1862-1898 She was an excellent musician and concert pianist. A twisted romance forced Pauline to come to Phoenix where she sang and worked at the Anheuser Saloon. Despondent she ended her life with an overdose of morphine.
ROSE GREGORY: 1850-1898 AKA Minnie Powers, she was known to be benevolent to those down on their luck. Rose was the grand Madam of the Powers Saloon/Lodging House and murdered in her sleep by her jealous lover.
LOUISE HUBERT: 1869-1904 Louise was a native of France and died of TB in Phoenix. One evening shots were fired from inside the Power’s House. Louise quickly diverted crowds on the street with her smart thinking.
EDNA LAZEOLA: 1876-1900 Edna and her two sisters ran the Halfway Saloon between Phoenix and Tempe. Suffering from terrible headaches, Edna was found in a coma after accidently overdosing on Chloroform.
V W MUNSON: 1854-1899 Munson was seen running from the Power’s House the night of the murder. Six months later, he could no longer live with his guilt and drowned himself in the Maricopa Canal.
LETITIA B RICE: 1876-1893 AKA Tessie Murray, she was a young, beautiful soiled dove who came home from an evening of drinking, knocked over a gas lamp, caught on fire and burned to death.
SEE YOU AT THE CEMETERY “WHERE PHOENIX’S PAST COMES ALIVE!”
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