“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Poston's Butte

Historic Site

Poston's Butte Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
1. Poston's Butte Marker
Inscription.  Charles Debrille Poston, 1825-1902, often referred to as the "Father of Arizona", promoted territorial status for Arizona during President Lincoln's administration. Poston, motivated by silver mining interests lobbied for federal legislation to create the Territory of Arizona in 1863. At various times Poston served as federal Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Arizona, agricultural agent in Phoenix, U.S. Land Register in Florence, U.S. Consul at Nogales and Arizona's first Congressional delegate. Poston envisioned, but never built, a temple to the sun, two miles west, on Primrose Hill. He was buried atop this hill, now called Poston's Butte.
Erected 1986 by Pinal County Historical Society and Arizona Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesGovernment & PoliticsNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 33° 3.326′ 
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N, 111° 22.755′ W. Marker is near Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on North Pinal Parkway (State Highway 79) 0.1 miles south of East Hunt Highway, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on west side of road just north of the Gila River Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AZ 85132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Down (here, next to this marker); Camp Florence (approx. 1.3 miles away); Carmen Michea House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Michea House and Lone Star General Store (approx. 1.4 miles away); Walker – Oury House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Andronico Loroña House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ignacio Manjarres House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Silver King Florence Hotel (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Poston's Butte Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
2. Poston's Butte Marker
Poston's Butte can be seen in the far background.
Poston's Butte image. Click for full size.
circa 1925
3. Poston's Butte
At the dedication of Poston's Monument April 26, 1925. Photo Copied from Arizona Historical Society Library & Archives/Tucson

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Chas. D. Poston Monument image. Click for more information.
Photographed By C. Fahey
4. Chas. D. Poston Monument
Monument located at Poston's Butte.

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 4,209 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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