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Property Name Tempe Double Butte Cemetery (Pioneer Section)
Reference Number 13000020
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Town Tempe
Street Address 2505 W. Broadway Rd.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/23/2013
Areas of Significance Exploration/Settlement
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Double Butte Cemetery is the town's first cemetery; it is significant for being contemporaneous with the founding of Tempe, for evidencing the diversity of community pioneers, and as an exemplary representation of the self-image of the community during its first century in existence. The creation and continuity of Tempe's first cemetery reflects a broad spectrum of the community's history and culture. As a district eligible under Criteria A, Double Butte not only meets, but exceeds, the requirements for the continued presence of integrity of location, setting, feeling, and association. Significantly, the site goes far beyond mere individual and family associations; it reflects the establishment, development, and growth of Tempe through the presence of many early pioneers' gravesites.


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