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1901, age 31 years.” A large stone marks William Dillon’s grave. He died March 15, 1910 at age 35 and was from Cleator Cumberland, England. The largest headstone is inscribed “In memory of John Loser, a native of Germany. Killed April 25, 1908. One of the unforeseen costs of the Roosevelt Dam. Erected by fellow workman. Stone Cutter.”

After looking around the cemetery you can return to your vehicle on the same path or continue up the hill on a signed dirt path that leads to the Thompson Trail (121) within one half mile. The Thompson Trail, part of the new Arizona Trail, extends from the Roosevelt Lake highway bridge and heads southeast toward Cottonwood Creek.

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Hiking time: 0.5 hour round trip

Hiking distance: 0.2 miles round trip

Elevation Change: 60 feet

When to go: Any time

Maps: Theodore Roosevelt Dam USGS topo map

Roosevelt Cemetery Hike

by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart

This is an easy hike that almost everyone can do. Well, maybe it shouldn’t be classified as a hike, but it is a nice walk. It is only 250 yards one way on a paved path to Roosevelt Cemetery. Workers from the early 1900s Roosevelt Dam construction project are buried here.

From the Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center, drive directly across State Route 188 (near milepost 244) to the south side of the road toward Lake View Park. Within a few yards, turn right into a paved parking lot. A large sign marks the start of the Roosevelt Cemetery Trail (255), which was dedicated in 1991.

Follow the paved path through the mesquite trees, and then continue up the hillside to the cemetery entrance. The cemetery is bounded by a wooden fence and has a well-kept natural desert landscape. Piles of rock or a simple white wooden cross mark most of the graves. Two large wooden grave markers are inscribed for “Aiden Murphy, June 1, 1906, age 13 years” and “Moses Murphy, July 4,

Roosevelt Cemetery Trailhead sign.

Sign at Roosevelt Cemetery Trailhead.

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