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Mar 05 2016
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Historical Pinal CemeteryGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
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After a full day in Superior hiking the Queen Trail and exploring Boyce Thompson Arboretum, I drove us out to the old Pinal Cemetery. The cemetery was much larger than I would have guessed, perhaps covering a couple of acres, probably due to it having interred Superior's early residents as well. It amazes me how nature can erase all signs of old graves (at least to my untrained eye) after only a century. I'm sure we walked over many long vanished graves while roaming the cemetery. Nice to finally visit this historic spot. Concluded our fun filled day with dinner at Los Hermanos in Superior.
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Jan 31 2016
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
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Historical Pinal CemeteryGlobe, AZ
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PrestonSands
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This was a hike to the site of Pinal ghost town, not the cemetery...A really long drive for a really short hike!

Weekend chores finished, I drove north from Oro Valley to check out the ghost town site of Pinal, which I had been reading up on. After a brief visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to check out their cactus selection, I was searching for the turnoff to Pinal that my topo had indicated. New road work had destroyed my side road. I drove into the quiet construction zone, parked, hopped a barbed wire fence, and then set out cross-country through the rolling desert. Within a short time, the broken 1880's glass fragments I noticed told me I had reached the edge of Pinal, aka Pinal City, aka Picket Post, Camp Picket Post, etc. Aside from scattered broken glass shards, tiny bits of rusted metal, a couple of old, dry wells, and numerous faint foundations, there isn't much to see at Pinal. The desert and scrap collectors have long since reclaimed this once booming town. Still, I enjoyed my visit, being the Arizona history nerd that I am. I hiked back through the hills to my truck after darkness fell, and drove home through Ray, Hayden, and Mammoth. Next time, Pinal cemetery and the Queen Trail...
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Feb 05 2014
AZLumberjack
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Pinal City Cemetery & Superior Tour, AZ 
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Every now and then, something pops up about Mattie Earp"s Grave in the Pinal City Cemetery and it happened again this morning so I decided to take a drive and see if I could find this remote yet historic cemetery. I found some driving instructions on the internet and although they were pretty close, it still left a bit to be desired on those unmarked Forest Service roads.

If anyone's interested, here's the route:
1. East on 60 past the Boyce Thompson Arboretum until you reach the entrance to the Superior Air Port. At this time turn LEFT (North) at the entrance to a blue & white colored cement plant.

2. Continue on for 3/4 mile from US 60, past the cement plant on the gravel road, until you come to a "Y" and bear left.

3. After 1/2 mile, look for a Quest Fiber-Optic marker post on the North side of the road and turn LEFT (South) on a gravel Jeep/ATV trail. You will need a medium high clearance vehicle but 4x4 is not required.

4. Drive on what would appear to be the most used road/trail for another 3/4 mile (Picketpost Mtn is directly in front of you) until you pass under some power lines and you're at the entrance.

Mattie Earp's grave marker is the first one you will come to after passing through the gate. There was a bouquet of dark red roses at the marker that looked not more than a day or two old. Continuing on further there are more grave sites marked with an outline of stones, but only a few have headstones with personal information on them.

Historical Note! Mattie and Wyatt Earp separated while living in Tombstone, AZ so Mattie returned to Pinal where the couple had lived a couple of years previous. The Silver Mines had by now dried up and residents of Pinal were leaving in droves to find employment elsewhere.

Mattie was a prostitute by trade and business was slow as the miners had moved on along with the rest of the town. She resorted to drugs and heavy drinking and one day it all caught up with her and she died. The grave marker says suicide, but that's probably just a quick and easy verdict based on the time.

After leaving the cemetery, I drove on to Superior for a driving/walking tour of the city. Superior is quickly turning into another Ghost Town as once again the mines have become to expensive to operate. The valuable metals are depleted leaving primarily Copper as it's only resource. If someday the rich Copper deposits deep underground above Apache Leap are open to mining, Superior may become a Boom Town once again, but until then most of the businesses along the main street are shuttered. Today I could have fired a cannon ball down the main drags and never hit a car...... Who knows what tomorrow brings, Boom or Bust :?
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Jan 15 2014
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Historical Pinal CemeteryGlobe, AZ
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Hiking2.03 Miles 137 AEG
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After doing the Queen Trail, east of Superior, in the morning, I stopped by the Historic Pinal Cemetery on my way out of town. Despite what the official route implies, you can legally drive right up to the cemetery gate. There are no fences, gates or "Do Not Enter" signs which prevent driving up to the entrance. It's not far to walk from the official parking area, but that is absolutely *riddled* with broken glass :o , so your tires may appreciate you parking by the cemetery, or anywhere else.

The cemetery itself is small, with maybe two dozen recognizable graves. Most are simply outlined by rocks, a few with decaying wooden crosses. Some have crosses made of half inch rebar. Besides the Mattie Earp grave -- which is about 50 feet past the entrance, on the left -- there are three graves with readable memorials. One I could only read by tracing my fingers in the grooves. Any idea why people leave coins and bullet casings on some graves? :-k The Mattie Earp grave has a geocache, or at least a very large jar with a rather large notebook, where visitors have left notes, and some have left empty mini-bottles of booze. :roll:

Video: http://youtu.be/ETByZrTMvb4
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Dec 31 2013
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
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Fun day exploring. Lots to see in the area.
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Nov 07 2013
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Historical Pinal CemeteryGlobe, AZ
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Hiking1.80 Miles 220 AEG
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When user lindykelly posted her photos of Historic Pinal Cemetery, it looked like Mattie Earp's grave had a new tombstone. Apparently, there's been a few upgrades at the cemetery. There's also a fenced entrance and an interpretive sign that details the area's history and stresses the importance of "Leave No Trace". Aside from the Earp grave, there are only two or three marked graves. All the other weathered tombstones and unmarked graves are a sobering reminder that everything fades over time.
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