Tomb of
Governor George W. P. Hunt

Marker:  
Tomb of Governor George Wiley Paul Hunt

Location:
625 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
33.451777, -111.944375

Directions:
The tomb is in Papago Park, but the address takes you to the Phoenix Zoo entrance. Then continue around to the left toward the red rocks of Papago Park. Follow the signs up the hill to Hunt’s Tomb. It’s a short walk uphill to the tomb.

Historical Significance:
Arizona’s Governor George W. P. Hunt (November 1, 1859 – December 24, 1934) and family members are buried in this white pyramid tomb. The tomb sits on a hill and has a 360-degree view of the area, including Papago Park and the Phoenix Zoo. Governor Hunt is a descendant of Revolutionary War patriot John Christian. After Arizona achieved statehood in 1912, Governor Hunt supported women’s right to vote. The marker reads, “George W. P. Hunt / Descendant of Revolutionary War Patriot John Christian / After Arizona achieved statehood in 1912, the women of Arizona supported by Governor Hunt, gained the right to vote in any election or on any question submitted to the people. / Marker placed by Governor George W. P. Hunt Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2004.”

In 2008, Governor George W. P. Hunt Chapter, NSDAR, partnered with the U.S. Department of the Interior to have this site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the chapter placed two benches, each with a marker.

In 2015, members of the Governor George W. P. Hunt Chapter, NSDAR, visited the site to celebrate and recognize a recently placed plaque and newly-planted trees honoring the site’s inclusion on the National Register. The ceremony included the reading of the names of all the deceased members of the Governor George W. P. Hunt Chapter, NSDAR. One of the new trees on the path to the tomb was planted in their honor.

Other markers in Papago Park include:

Barnes Butte Memorial to Will Croft Barnes
Note: This marker may be within the Papago Park Military Reservation with restricted access.

Pioneer Settlers Monument

Historic Uses of Papago Park Military Reservation
Note: This marker is within the Papago Park Military Reservation with restricted access.

Dedicated:
2004

Sponsor:
Governor George W.P. Hunt Chapter, NSDAR

Re-dedication, recognizing placement on the National Register of Historic Places:
April 9, 2015

Sponsor:
Governor George W.P. Hunt Chapter, NSDAR.

A snapshot of the original marker. Marker text is in the body of this page.
Marker, Tomb of Governor George W. P. Hunt, March 2019.
A snapshot of a white pyramid in a fenced area, the tomb of Gov George W P Hunt.
Tomb of Governor George W. P. Hunt and family members, March 2019.
A collage of four images showing (1) the tomb, (2) A plaque that reads, “Gift of the Governor W. P. Hunt Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,” (3) a bench, and (4) a panoramic view of the park.
Views of Papago Park, November 2018.
A snapshot of the desert walkway leading to the tomb, including interpretive signage. Text is unreadable.
Approach to Hunt’s Tomb, November 2018.
A snapshot of a marker celebrating the addition of Hunt’s Tomb to the National Register of Historic Places, 2008.”
Marker, October 2018.

  

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