Citizens Cemetery

Yavapai Cemetery Association, A Volunteer Organization of Yavapai County Government
Established 1995

 
 

he City of Prescott was founded in 1864.  The same year, Citizens Cemetery, which has also been known as the Town Cemetery, Prescott Cemetery, City Cemetery, County Cemetery and Citizens Burying Ground, was first utilized in June of that year with the burial of Colorado Legislator Joel Woods.  Located on East Sheldon Street, Citizens Cemetery was purchased from private parties by the County in 1884.  The cemetery was in use from 1864 until 1933.  Subsequently, the cemetery was permanently closed to new burials by the Board of Supervisors except for those who had already leased plots at $99 per plot.  No additional plots were leased after that date. A stone wall was constructed around the cemetery in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  In the last 15 years, the cemetery has been partially fenced, primarily through the efforts and fund-raising of Yavapai Cemetery Association.

Citizens Cemetery consists of approximately 6.5 acres of land only a mile from Prescott’s historic downtown.  When the cemetery was founded, it was far from town and was considered to be a quiet and peaceful place for the eternal rest of Arizona’s early citizens.  It is estimated that there are approximately 3,000 burials at Citizens Cemetery.  Of these, less than 1,000 are marked. Citizens Cemetery contains the remains of a wide spectrum of individuals who settled and developed central Arizona during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The young share their final resting place with the very old, the wealthy with the poor and the bad with the good.  Veterans of several wars are interred at Citizens Cemetery.

Since its establishment in 1995, Yavapai Cemetery Association volunteers have worked closely with Yavapai County to preserve, restore, enhance and protect Citizens Cemetery.  Additional volunteers are always needed.  If you are interested in volunteering, or in donating to restoration or enhancement projects for Citizens Cemetery, please see our contact information to the right.  Donations to Yavapai Cemetery Association may be tax deductible pursuant to IRS Code Sec. 170 (c)(1).

Much of the information provided by this website has been excerpted with permission from Grave History, A Guidebook to Citizens Cemetery © by T. Stone. This book may be purchased from Yavapai Cemetery Association.

The Yavapai Cemetery Association meets at 9:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ.
Yavapai Cemetery Association
Julie Holst
(928) 713-8807
PO Box 10191
Prescott, AZ 86304-0191
ycacitizens@gmail.com

Pat Atchison – Founder

Coordinating Council:
Julie Holst – Chairperson
Norma Read – Vice-Chairperson/Secretary
Jayne Swope – Treasurer
Bob Bakken – Grounds Manager
George Goodwin – Site Steward
Michelle Young – Communications
Judy Branson – Research Specialist

Association Historic Preservationist:
Nancy Burgess