The Pioneers' Cemetery Association offers a unique
perspective on Arizona's past!
• For notable details about PCA, see
the INTRODUCTION AND GUIDELINES.
• For selected key facts about local
Phoenix and cemetery history, see the TIMELINE.
(Notice: PCA allows and encourages these two documents to
be published, quoted, printed or distributed in any way
you, our website visitors, desire. The information
contained herein has been documented or is a matter of
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Mission of the Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Inc.
mission of the Pioneers' Cemetery Association (PCA) is to
research, preserve and protect the history and physical
remains of Arizona pioneers as exemplified in the early,
historic-period cemeteries of the state.
also strives to preserve, interpret, and promote through
active fund-raising and individual volunteerism the
understanding of archaeological resources as exemplified
by the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures of
the southwestern region. Such cultures include, but are
not limited to, the prehistoric Hohokam and historic
Mexican, African American, Chinese, and European groups.
Name of the Association
organization's name, Pioneers' Cemetery Association, was
chosen to reflect our interest in all of Arizona's
History of the Association
original Pioneers' Cemetery Association was formed in 1938
for the purpose of preserving the seven historic
cemeteries near the State Capitol Complex. These
cemeteries which now comprise the Pioneer
& Military Memorial Park were in use from 1884
to 1914 and hold the remains of many of Phoenix's
pioneering families. Founding members of the PCA included
Barry Goldwater, Frank Alkire, Walter Bimson, Carl Hayden
and Thomas Hayden, among others. The research of
this group formed the basis for the present PCA.
the original PCA disbanded at the outbreak of World War
II, it was revived in 1983. Charter members of the revived
Pioneers' Cemetery Association included Algona and Philip
Winslow, Darton Harris and Dan Craig, all dedicated
Activities of the Association
Winslow began contacting families of decedents as early as
1975. Since then, PCA volunteers have researched and
compiled a list of burials that took place in these
cemeteries. The list has been published on this website as
a service to the public. Volunteers are currently
working on a similar list for Cementerio
Lindo, the first Maricopa County Cemetery.
Over the years, the PCA's interests have expanded to
include other historic cemeteries around the state.
Its project for Arizona's Centennial year was the
compilation of the Inventory of
Arizona's Historic Cemeteries (IAHC), a list of all
cemeteries and gravesites in Arizona that are more than
fifty years old.
engages the public through on site tours, special events
and exhibits. Our volunteers interview descendants
of those buried in the cemeteries, facilitate the research
of others, and provide educational presentations to
community groups about cemetery history, recording and
preservation. PCA members also visit other historic
cemeteries throughout the state, sharing insights about
the history of the local area as seen through its
offices of the PCA are located in the historic Smurthwaite House at 1317
West Jefferson Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. The PCA has
a working association with the City of Phoenix to maintain
and improve Smurthwaite House and the cemetery
grounds. In conjunction with the City of Phoenix and
other historical associations, the Pioneers' Cemetery
Association has presented an annual Memorial Day observance for the
general public since 1983.
further information about the Pioneers' Cemetery
Association, its activities, projects or membership,
write or phone us.
Pioneers' Cemetery Association is a member of the
Association for Graveyard Studes, the Yavapai Cemetery
Association, and the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board