Over the past 2 years the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project (APCRP) has identified 45 cemeteries in the Southern Bradshaw Mountains. Of the forty five, forty one are classified as derelict on the verge of total physical loss from history. This represents 91.11% of these locations as being destroyed. One or two have been destroyed and no physical evidence can be found. Some are no more than one lone grave and the largest is 256 graves.
There are state affiliated organizations that represent themselves as trying to protect and preserve cemeteries. Government affiliated, sponsored organizations and the U.S. Forest Service do not want to revel the physical locations of these cemeteries and are taking them off current printings of Topo Maps. We feel these cemeteries didn’t get in the present condition by hiding them from the public.
APCRP does not subscribe to hiding the locations of our ancestors. We post our research information on the internet for easy reference. APCRP has no government affiliation, sponsorship nor strings attached, we are a not for profit organization and all funds raised go back to research and preservation of Arizona Cemeteries.
APCRP would be interested in assisting groups to adopt these Pioneer Cemeteries to restore and maintain them once restored. Church, Historical Societies, 4-H, FFA, Schools, Realtors, anyone interested can participate. Lets hear from you or your group and we can give you a presentation on Pioneer Cemetery Restoration.
APCRP believes if there was a mine or small grouping of people, its likely there are graves in the area. Even remote ranches would have had family Cemeteries somewhere on the property.
If you know of a Pioneer Cemetery that is on the verge of being totally lost, our you can’t find it, please let us know its location and we will try to document and locate its remains. No, the cemetery doesn’t need headstones or fences we can find the graves if we know the general area to start looking.
Where we have been working previously, in the Midwest, a Pioneer Cemetery is classified as have 6 or less burials in the past 50 years.
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