Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Phoenix Pioneer Cemeteries

On my quest to spend more time around our home town and get to know its history we went to a membership drive for the Phoenix Pioneers' Cemetery Association. We are now card-carrying members.
This is the 1897 Smurthwaite House; headquarters for the organization.

The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays. 

 Upstairs are the offices and records gathered by the volunteers. 

I knew one of the early members, Marge West, who did constant research on the cemeteries, the pioneers and the people buried in these downtown Phoenix cemeteries. 
 Time has taken a toll on the graves and the monuments. 

The cemeteries are surrounded by modern buildings and streets.

Some graves are little more than piles of rubble. Long forgotten.

There are modern monuments to soldiers and others. 

If you live in the Phoenix area consider helping to support its history. 
You can learn more here.

If not in Phoenix, perhaps there are similar programs in your area.