Struck By Lightning: An Old Western Cemetery

One of the must-see places while in Fairbank, AZ is its tiny little cemetery.  The cemetery is about ½ mile from the town and historic buildings.  That half a mile seemed much longer to me but I didn’t want to be a wimp so I hiked it with the others.  It was warm with a slight breeze so I sucked down the water to keep hydrated.  The dirt trail was flat for the most part except when you got near the cemetery.

On top of the hill you can see the amazing views of the San Pedro River Valley where the cemetery sits and only three graves are currently marked.  Most of the graves were barely noticeable from the many years of harsh weather and lightning strikes.  Many of the Fairbank’s past residence are more than likely buried in those graves.  By all the interesting artifacts discovered in the cemetery, historians and others believe the cemetery has been used for centuries.


  1. That dang cemetery was a hot nasty mess to hike to, but it was so worth it! It totally inspired my next horror novel about zombie outlaws!

  2. Looks like a fruitful trek. Thanks for suffering through it to bring us these great pics.

  3. It was a bit of a trek for someone who is out of shape (like me). I can see where this sad little cemetery could inspire a horror novel.

    That is me Courtney, a trooper when it comes to finding the interesting places. I am glad you like the pics.

  4. Thanks for sharing those pics. Interesting place to snoop around in. By the look of your shots, that place must have been there for a long time. Wonder just who is there?

  5. It was interesting but sad. I have no idea who is buried there. Many of the graves were a mess. I guess I will have to do some research to find the answers. I am curious too.


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