Governor Hunt's Pyramid Tomb
It takes a politician with cojones to bury his wife and himself on an open hilltop, in a pyramid, in the most populous city in his state. Arizona Governor George W.P. Hunt was that kind of guy.
Dubbed "King George VII," he was a friend of the common man and a foe (sometimes) of the railroad and mining trusts, which he called "coyotes" and "skunks." Plaques on his pyramid declare that he was a descendant of an unnamed "Revolutionary War patriot," that he allowed women to vote in his state eight years before the rest of the country, and that he was elected governor seven times, which "set a national record."
When Hunt's wife died in 1931 he had her buried here, in a 20-foot-tall pyramid faced with white bathroom tile. When he died three years later he joined her, and was later joined in turn by his in-laws, his wife's sister, and his daughter. The hilltop later became part of Papago Park and the open-air pyramid was enclosed within a tall, ugly iron fence. It keeps the people away, which is something that populist Governor Hunt would not like.