City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Cemetery Tour offers fascinating stories and gravesite visits
By: Kevin Christopher
04/8/14 5:13 PM

April 3, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699


Mesa, AZ – It is an opportunity to learn Mesa’s history through the people who lived it.  The second Mesa Cemetery Tour includes the story behind the Miranda Rights, the grave of a country music superstar and the story of when Mesa had its own “printed money.” The tour is being held Saturday, April 12 at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. 


The tour will offer more than 20 stops.  It will include the graves of country music legend Waylon Jennings; Ernesto Miranda, whose conviction led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling which created the Miranda Rights; Royal Air Force Cadets who died during training at Falcon Field during World War II and Charles Mitten, former publisher of the Mesa Journal Tribune who helped coordinate the use of “Mesa money” at a couple of Mesa businesses to assist residents following the nationwide bank closure ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.  The tour will also include the graves of Dr. Lucius Alston, Mesa’s first African-American doctor; John Rhodes, House Minority Leader and member of Congress for 30 years and several of Mesa’s founding fathers.


The first tour will begin at 8 a.m. and the last tour will start at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be sold beginning at 7:45 a.m. on the day of the event only.  Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 13 and free to children under the age of 6.  All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum.


If you are participating in the tour, please enter the cemetery from Center Street north of Brown Road, and park along C Street. Tickets will be sold on B Street east of 3rd Street.  For more information about the tour, visit  For more information about the Mesa Cemetery, visit




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