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Benson in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Benson Pioneer Cemetery

Known as “7th Street Cemetery”

 

1881-1975

 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
1. Benson Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This land was deeded to the City of Benson as a cemetery by the Pacific Improvement Company, the California based land company of the Southern Pacific Railroad, in March 1929.

Burial plots were sold to residents by the City of Benson and the cemetery continues to be maintained by the City. The first person buried was William McDonald, October 10, 1881. His grave is unmarked. The first marked grave is Charles H. Fullerton, buried October 13, 1883. The last burial was Nicholas Solis in 1975. Some graves contain several bodies, as was common in old cemeteries.

The original map of the grave sites has been lost and a grass fire destroyed many markers. Surveys and updated information have been created through the diligent efforts of Edward Ellsworth, Audrey Bingham, Elizabeth Brenner, Vay Fenn, Verda Lohmann, Thurber and Louise Larson. Information has been gathered from the Diocese of Tucson Archives, the LDS Family History Center, St. David Arizona Stake (Pomerene) and the descendents of those laid to rest in this historic cemetery.
 
Erected 2007 by Benson Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 31° 57.859′ N, 110° 17.615′ W. Marker is in Benson, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is at the
Benson Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
2. Benson Pioneer Cemetery
Marker is just to the right of the cemetery gate.
intersection of East 7th Street and South Gila Street, on the right when traveling east on East 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benson AZ 85602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benson Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Mormon Battalion (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Benson Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
3. Benson Pioneer Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 652 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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