Old Globe Cemetery

Globe is home to quaint, old fashioned Halloween celebrations including the downtown nostalgic festival—but locals know the real way to spend the haunting season is at the cemetery. The old town cemetery provides a link to the past as you walk through the grounds, reading the headstones and learning about the city’s history. The “burial grounds” is one of the oldest in the country, nestled in the hills just north of downtown. Graves date back to 1871.

Here, the resting place for history makers can be found including Al Seiber and Sheriff Glenn Reynolds. Many plots are for those who lost their lives during the Spanish Flu of 1917-18. Not all headstones tell visitors the type of death, but they can be traced at the Lamont Mortuary or the Miles Funeral Home. Causes of death like consumption, rare these days, was common for Globe citizens at the turn of the century.

Spooky Pasts

In Globe, “death by train” was relatively common around 1900 when the Gila Globe and Northern first began pulling into the city. It took a while to get used to the “iron horse.” By the 1920s, death by train began to dwindle, replaced by mining job accidents. Gunshots, falling off horses, angry cows and of course bar and pub fights were also common causes.

You can explore the Glob cemetery by affiliation. Stroll through the Knights of Pythias, Black Dog Soldiers, Chinese grave area and the Elks region. Italians and Slavis have their own areas, and there’s even a place for paupers. The Solstice Cemetery Tour, managed by Globe Maine Street, offers a lantern-lit tour just for special occasions complete with actors helping you slip seamlessly into the spooky Globe of yore.