|E. American Ave.|
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This special, peaceful cemetery is situated on the flanks of the Santa Catalina Mountains on Precambrian-aged Oracle Granite at a refreshing elevation above the warm Sonoran desert basins. The burials are among mature oak trees, grasses, and other native vegetation.
During the 1880s through early 1900s, people who died in Oracle were buried in Tucson (Evergreen Cemetery or Holy Hope Cemetery), or were shipped to other parts of the country and/or to Mexico from whence they originally came. According to the San Manuel Miner article Oracle Cemetery Identification Project asks for help from public, the first burial in the Oracle Cemetery was Andres Castilla in 1911. He was a Mexican national working for Lavinia Steward and his body was found along a trail in Oracle. Steward took care of the burial arrangements and purchased a headstone, and others soon began burying their family members in the area.
The latitude/longitude for the monument at the top of the hill is 32° 36' 32" N; 110° 46' 01" W. Follow signs along E. American Avenue in Oracle, turn south at Community Center, and take the left branch of dirt road to cemetery.