Overview: This is the historical pinal cemetery where Wyatt Earp's common law wife Mattie is buried. Be careful walking around as many graves are unmarked. The town of Pinal just NW of this site is now Superior.
History: Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock (January 1850 – July 3, 1888) was a prostitute who became the romantic companion and common-law wife of Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp for about 8 years. Knowledge of her place in Wyatt's life was concealed by Josephine Earp, his later common-law wife, who worked hard to protect her and Wyatt's reputation in their later years.
On July 3, 1888, Mattie took a lethal dose of laudanum together with alcohol. Her death was officially ruled as "suicide by opium poisoning". She is buried in the cemetery at Pinal City, now a ghost town, and located just west of the former cement and mining town of Superior, Arizona.
Cemetery: The old gravestone is replaced with a nice in ground because the big one was getting tacky. EMF readings. It's just a beautiful hike with great views.
Picket Post Mountain is across the railroad tracks. There are the wagon wheel tracks and also perlite to the apache tears. Just west is Boyce Arboretum. East is superior.
Lots of Wyatt Earp stories. This is a great lot of views and close to other interesting views and things to do. You can go right into Superior to have a great Mexican dinner. With the mines being there, makes for great rock hunting too. There are lots of things to see and great stones to see.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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