Simmons Cemetery


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Simmons Cemetery, looking north-northwest toward Ponderosa Shopping Center.

The Simmons Cemetery was established when the Simmons family, pioneers in Miller Valley area, donated a portion of their land for a cemetery. Other pioneer families that lived in and around this area were also buried at this cemetery such as the Ritters and Millers. Hence, this cemetery has also been known as the Ritter Cemetery and the Miller Valley Cemetery. Simmons is located on a hilltop off of Iron Springs Road in Prescott, Arizona. According to the Prescott Journal-Miner dated May 16, 1911, Dr. Warren Day donated one-half of an acre of land in the Simmons Cemetery to the Arizona Pioneers’ Home for interment of its members. In addition, the State of Arizona purchased more land for this State run facility. Today (2018), the entire cemetery is owned and maintained by the Arizona Pioneers’ Home with the oldest section named Simmons Division. In 1978, Sharlot Hall Museum conducted a photo shoot to record the headstones and gravesites in the Simmons and Arizona Pioneer's Home cemeteries, which are located next to one another off of Iron Springs Road.


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