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One of the many rewards of doing what I do is meeting new and wonderful friends that I didn’t have prior to forming this organization. A truly rewarding experience.
Such was Thursday November 15, 2007. I had been invited to give a seminar on finding unidentified graves to an interested group in Wickenburg. In an effort to identify, document and record these sites before they are lost forever.
Approximately 90 grave markers placed by a Boy Scout Troupe a few years ago.
Photo Courtesy: Glenda Simmon. 11/15/07
After the seminar and an excellent chili lunch we went to
L-R: Neal Du Shane, Ed Abe, Mary Ann Wunderlin, Jenell Breuer, Lila Elam, Bonnie Helten. Rocks were 90 degrees opposite of the actual placement of the interred.
Pat Ryland had pointed out to me there were two grave sites on the east side of the black top road. I went to Topozone and sure enough there are two sites marked “graves” in the area Pat indicated. Pat had been to this area previously and had found some graves.
The group had gained confidence in their abilities and Bonnie Helten suggested we go across the black top road and see what we could see. Fortunately I missed the road I was looking for and we parked on the edge of the highway and started walking toward the small mountain. I luck into more cemetery sites missing the road I was looking for! That’s how we accidentally found Charlie Stanton’s grave.
Is this a grave or camp fire ring? Grave identified 11/15/07
Photo by: Neal Du Shane
Circle indicates new
found cemetery and graves at
The dotted red lines indicate my line of travel.
We hadn’t gone 50’ when we started seeing signs of derelict
graves. As we walked we detected graves that would rival the numbers in the
One old timer was identified a white male, miner, hanged for
high grading. Maybe this cemetery was the graves of the less reputable citizens
L-R Bonnie Helten, Jennel Breuer, Ed Abe confirming an adult male grave.
Photo courtesy: Glenda Simmon
This was a tremendous historical find as I have never found
research information that indicates there was a second cemetery in
People I have asked about the graves of those hanged and
“Soiled Doves” indicated “They were buried on the mine property somewhere”.
Vulture city was the largest town in
On this old topographical map, notice the wording “Vulture
City Town Site” would have been across the road from the mine property to the
east which makes sense. I placed the Grave 1, Grave 2 with the arrows on the
map. We are trying to get a copy of the plot plan for
My special thanks to everyone that participated in this historical research outing and my new found friends. For those open minded enough to try something new even though we all are skeptical in the beginning.
By: Neal Du Shane
Bonnie Helten, Pat Ryland and myself made a lot of progress at the Vulture City Cemeteries Tuesday. Documenting, locating and marking all the graves we have listed on the roster. Three Culling children, the half sister of Maria Culling . . . Ramona Valenzuela, Inocante (Sp?) Valenzuela was Ramona’s brother and is buried beside her and George Taylor in the main cemetery.
Albert Culling closest, two other Culling Children - died of Diphtheria Epidemic in 1882
Photo Courtesy: Bonnie Helten 010808
Installed a sign on the
Grave’s of Gus Swain & John McDonald, 3’ North (right), 010808
Photo Courtesy: Bonne Helten
Proceeded across the highway to the second cemetery and
found and documented the graves of Gus Swain and John McDonald. McDonald, Swain
and Taylor were names researched from the book "Catch the Stage to
Died Mar. 11, 1873 by Apaches
Photo Courtesy: Bonnie Helten 010808
Drove to the Vulture Mine and talked with the caretaker Roma
Hagan - daughter of Marge Osborn, Marge and her husband were caretakers
here for years at the mine. Showed Roma the map of
Location of some of the graves at Vulture City 010808
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