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Camp B Cemetery

Joyce and I went out today . . . BRRRR . . . and located the Sayers Station A.K.A. Camp B Cemetery, A.K.A. Gilbert Cemetery.

Sayer Spring and the small community that existed for a short time, has had several name references in Arizona history I.e. Gilbert, Sayers Station, Sayersville. Regardless of the name it is approximately halfway between Wickenburg and Constellation. On the King Solomon Gulch east of Sayer Spring. The King Solomon Mine and The Camp B Mine are in the general area, with additional mines presently by the names of I.e. Rattler etc.

Sayers CemeteryFollowing the Constellation Road NE out of Wickenburg, turn right on Buckhorn Road and remain on it, stay left at all Y’s until you come to the river bottom. Immediately on the right on the north east bank, is the area where I found the graves. However up the hill about a 1/2 mile on the right, is a fenced enclosure that looks suspicious, but looks too modern for a Pioneer Cemetery. Walking this enclosure it looks to rocky and resembles a mine or cabin or a future vacation hacienda. The area closer to the river would be much easier to dig a grave, unless of course you used dynamite. But still . . . closer to the river bottom would be more conducive for graves and this is what the old Topographical Maps show.

In question is the actual name of the Cemetery, one Topographical map shows it as Camp B Cemetery. Whether it was Sayers Station, Sayersville, Gilbert or Camp B Cemetery it is ashes to ashes and totally derelict today, requiring considerable work to restore the honor and dignity to this final resting place of our Pioneer Heritage, where silence has lease.

Nothing remains except some good ole meadow muffins and rocks. Cattle seem to like laying in the softer earth that is suitable for digging graves and of course over time the cattle destroy all evidence of these pioneer graves. Anyone for a “T” bone!

I worked the area and trimming the trees that overhang the cemetery I was able to distinguish a couple of rock enclosures of graves and dowsing revealed 9 graves. At the far end of the cemetery is a section of wire fence that looks to be some 30 to 40′ long, just one side and encloses nothing.

Further dowsing and brush trimming might reveal more graves.

The attached PDF file provides more detailed information about the cemetery: SayersCemetery.pdf

For more information about Arizona gravesites, visit Historic Arizona Cemeteries.

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