Pyramid Tomb.

Pyramid Tomb of the Father of Arizona

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Florence, Arizona

Charles D. Poston, called "The Father of Arizona," had intended to build a temple to the sun atop Poston Butte, but ran out of money (He was fascinated by Zoroastrianism). When he died in 1902 he was buried in a normal grave in Phoenix -- but that didn't seem right to his friends. So in 1925 they built a 14-foot-tall pyramid atop the Butte (now known as F Mountain), dug up Poston, and reburied him in it, facing the rising sun. His reinterment was attended by a crowd of 1,500, including the governor, and the crowd was assured by Poston's old friends that he did in fact believe in the Christian God.

Pyramid Tomb of the Father of Arizona

W. Hunt Hwy, Florence, AZ
Drive north out of Florence on Hwy 79, cross the (dry) Gila River, then turn left at milepost 136 onto Hunt Hwy. Drive west 1.5 miles. You'll see a small brown sign on the right, "Poston Butte Monument Park." Turn right, follow the dirt road to the parking area, then follow the trail on foot up the hill to the pyramid.
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