Puntenney Cemtery


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Gravestone of Carmen F. Zurita, born 1902, died November 18, 1924.

The ghost town of Puntenney, for which nothing remains except its cemetery, was named for George Hollingsworth Puntenney, who built the Arizona Territory’s first lime kiln on the site.  A small town quickly formed, whose economy was based exclusively on limestone mining.  It was located roughly on the southern side of Hell Canyon, about forty miles north of Prescott.

The town of Puntenney is known to have had a schoolhouse and an “amusement hall” of some kind.  A post office was established in 1905, but was eventually closed in 1932 during the period when mining started to fade throughout Arizona.  Many mining towns became ghost towns about this time.

Today (2018), only the Puntenney Cemetery remains of this town, within site of the Drake Cement plant across Hell Canyon, and is kept up by the U.S. Forest Service.  A Forest Service sign at this cemetery claims that it was also known as the “Cedar Glade Cemetery,” but according to Kathy Block, historian for the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project (APCRP), this is an error.  Cedar Glade was a separate town on the north side of Hell Canyon, with its own cemetery, which is now located within the boundaries of the Drake Cement plant.

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