The Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery is located in Wickenburg, AZ on the corner of Adams Street and Howard Court. The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society was the successful bidder for the Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery. However, with ownership comes responsibility. Our organization was obligated to apply for the National and State Historic Registry, improved access to the property by adding a sidewalk and a gate, entry sign, had a power pole moved, provided security fencing and repaired the tombs and headstones. An entry sign and dedication plaque with Henry Wickenburg’s cameo and a list of the pioneers was also erected. Regular maintenance is also scheduled by the Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society.
In the three tombs located in the Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery lie:
Henry Wickenburg was born November 21, 1819 in Essen, Germany. Henry Wickenburg discovered the famous Vulture Mine. He was Wickenburg’s Town Founder. While serving in the Territorial Legislature, Henry Wickenburg served on the Mines Committee, the Road and Ferries Committee and the Claims Committee. Wickenburg was an inspector for the schools, donated land for the first church built in Wickenburg, was the Postmaster, a census taker, Justice of the Peace and judge. He helped to finance Jack Swilling’s Ditch Project, which later became the Salt River Project. This development was the beginning of Phoenix. Wickenburg was also responsible for providing an easement for the railroad. The railroad was an important aspect in bringing commerce to the Town of Wickenburg. Many of the people at the Vulture Mine, later became leaders in the Territory and then eventually, in our State. In essence, without the discovery of the Vulture Mine, we would not be where we are today. Henry Wickenburg died May 14, 1905.
Henry Cowell who was Wickenburg’s first Mayor and local merchant.
Lydia Cowell who was Henry Cowell’s wife. She died in a sanitarium in Phoenix, in 1905.
James C. Todd who was Henry Cowell’s brother-in-law, a carpenter and miner
William Wise who was a pioneer and miner. His obituary reads “A telephone message was received last night from Wickenburg announcing the death of William Wise, who was an old timer in this valley and in the Wickenburg country. He was living at the Oro Grande mine, four miles from Wickenburg, and was in Wickenburg on Friday. Some time on Saturday he was found in his lodgings at the Oro Grande, dead. An inquest was held by Judge Wren of Constellation camp and the jury’s verdict was that he died of unknown causes, though there seemed to be no evidence of foul play or any irregularity. He had been dead probably a couple of hours before he was found. He was buried yesterday in Wickenburg, being laid beside the body of the late Henry Wickenburg and other pioneers of that locality. The dead man leaves no relatives, as far as known here, except a brother and sister in Iowa, from, which state be came to Arizona perhaps twenty five years ago. – Arizona Republican, October 21.
James Chase who was a pioneer and member of the Walker Party. The Walker Party is given credit for being the first prospecting party to make it through the Wickenburg area…. alive! The Walker Party was responsible for naming most of the landmarks between Wickenburg and Prescott.
The Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery is open to the public. WHPS would also love to have you volunteer your time and help keep the cemetery neat. Please stop by and take a stroll through Wickenburg history.