Jewish Pioneers Memorial – Tombstone, Arizona - Atlas Obscura

Jewish Pioneers Memorial

The Jewish section of the famous Boothill Graveyard was abandoned for nearly 100 years. 


Tombstone, Arizona’s Boothill Graveyard is famous for the “Wild West” outlaws buried inside. However, this small graveyard is also home to many lesser-known residents of the legendary boomtown.

The city cemetery was established in 1884 (though it wasn’t named Boothill until much later) and it was only open for a few years before it filled up with Tombstone’s dearly departed. The burial ground included two areas separated from the main cemetery, which were set aside for the town’s Chinese and Jewish residents.

The Jewish cemetery was filled by the late 19th century and was later abandoned when a new city graveyard was built. It languished forgotten for the next hundred years.

In the 1980s, the neglected Jewish section of Boothill came to light, and the Jewish Friendship Club of Green Valley began efforts to restore the cemetery. In 1991, a memorial to the Jewish Pioneers and Indian Friends was dedicated along with the re-opening of this section of the famous cemetery. The two-tiered monument is made of rocks gathered from the mountains of Arizona.