|West Copper Street|
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This is an Old Cemetery off of State Route 77 through Mammoth, Pinal County, Arizona. The Modern Town of Mammoth sprang up around the Mill that was built on the San Pedro River to mill the ore from the near by Mammoth Mine.
The mine was discovered on April 21, 1882 by Frank Schultz an Austrian immigrant who came to America in 1862. The resulting camp and town that grew around the mine was called Schultz and the mine was named Mammoth because the gold deposit was believed to be of mammoth proportions.
The mine was also refereed to as the Mammoth - St Anthony mine due to an old catholic church that was there which had the name of St Anthony. The old Catholic church no longer stands but the stories still circulate of the catholic church that used to be across from the Town Hall that had a cemetery. The Archive & Library at the Catholic Diocese of Tucson may have more records of this church and burials that were in this cemetery.
The Mine & town was also called Tiger for a period when Sam Houghton named it after his college mascot, The Princeton Tiger. The town of Schultz or Tiger no longer exists but the milling town of Mammoth still does.
The Old Mammoth Cemetery contains many of the remains of its founders and early residents. The cemetery originally extended across highway 77 and through a neighborhood that was built on top of a portion of the cemetery. The eastern boundary is marked by a triangular medium across the street from the Town Court House.
Today only a small portion of the cemetery remains to the west side to State Route 77. No sign marks the entrance to the cemetery just West Copper Street that runs through the Cemetery dividing a hill to the north and a hill to the south that contain most of the existing graves.
The South west corner of this cemetery has a flat area the the top of a hill the overlooks the cemetery and has a flag pole. The cemetery is not maintained regularly and id full of cactus and thorny shrubs. Many of the markers are missing or destroyed. Much of the markers were either temporary markers that have rusted beyond reading or were improvised using wire, piping and wood.
This cemetery is today privately owned jointly by two families that live in Mammoth, the Verdugos and the Millers. In February 1975 a group from the Arizona Genealogical Society transcribed the markers that were there at that time. The group consisted of Mrs Gordon Banwart, Mrs Bruce Pehson, Mrs Leo G Engle and Mrs Thomas Salyer. They identified fifty-four burial dating from at least 1891 and just as many unmarked graves.
In 2001 William G Kishbaugh re-transcribed the cemetery but did not refer to the past work that was done by the Arizona Genealogical Society. Today that are many unmarked burials that were once apart of this cemetery that have been lost. Some of the remains that were originally buried in the Old Mammoth Cemetery were moved to the newer Mammoth Valley View Cemetery at some point.