My son and I decided to try and visit Papago Park and see the “Hole In The Rock”. Unfortunately, a bunch of people had the same idea and it was very busy. We decided to retreat out of the area and head over to the Hunt’s Tomb. I have known about the tomb for a while and had known the governor was buried there, but there is more to this I found out.
What Is Hunt’s Tomb?
George W.P. Hunt was the first governor of Arizona and first elected in 1914. He served as governor seven times and was known as George VII. When his wife died in 1931, he decided to build a pyramid for his wife as a tomb. The pyramid sits on top of a hill in Papago Park and you can see it from miles away.
In 2009 the Daughters of the American Revolution performed a major renovation of the pyramid. With the permission of the governor’s descendants, they raised money and restored the pyramid.
The plaque next to the pyramid explains who is interned inside the pyramid now. I was surprised there are so many people inside, but they are all his family.
George Wylie Paul Hunt
December 24, 1934
Helen Duett Ellison
April 18, 1931
Jesse Washington Ellison
January 24, 1934
Susan Melvina Smith
February 2, 1929
Susan Helena Lena Ellison
June 14, 1953
Daughter of George and Helen Hunt
April 21, 1985
Second Husband of Virginia Hunt
Willian E. Frund
March 9, 1975
It is an easy drive up to the parking lot next to the pyramid. A short walk up the path and you’re at the pyramid. If you only have a short time this would be a great stop. From the pyramid, you can see Papago park, the Phoenix Zoo, and a large part of Phoenix. You can even see the control tower of the main Phoenix airport in the distance.