Arizona’s first governor was every bit as “mavericky” as our colorful and controversial leaders today. When Governor George W. P. Hunt died, he joined his late wife in this pyramid shaped tomb high on top of a butte on state land that has since become Papago Park in the city of Phoenix. Hunt still holds a national record for the number of times he was elected to the office (7 in total) earning him the moniker “King George VII.” It is thought that he got the idea of a pyramid shaped tomb when he traveled to Egypt in 1930. After that trip, he obtained congressional approval to build his tomb on its present site.
In 1910 Hunt served as President of the Constitutional Convention where the Arizona Constitution was drafted. The constitution was quite liberal and included a provision to allow the recall of judges. President Taft would not allow statehood until that provision was eliminated. It was removed and statehood was granted on February 14, 1912. The provision was immediately legislated back into the constitution, in a move that many called “shifty”.
The Tomb is 20 feet tall and is covered in white polished “bathroom” tile. The fence was erected more recently to protect it from vandals. You can imagine the graffiti problem something like this posed before the fence was there.