About 1,200 early Tucsonans whose remains were excavated from an old downtown cemetery have reached their final resting place.
A reburial memorial was dedicated Saturday at All Faiths Cemetery, 2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes, near Old Spanish Trail and Houghton Road. A crowd of about 40 was on hand for the ceremony.
Between 2006 and 2008, the remains were moved from their original cemetery to make way for a new Justice Court/Municipal Court complex to be built at North Stone and East Toole avenues.
The downtown burial ground was alternately known as the National Cemetery or the Government Cemetery.
In February, the excavated remains were moved to All Faiths.
Here is some background on the project:
Then: Between about 1862 and 1875, deceased Tucsonans were buried in the old cemetery at what is now the northeast corner of Alameda and Stone, said a news release from the Pima County Office of Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation.
The cemetery closed in 1875, though some burials may have continued after that.
Now: Almost 1,200 sets of remains were reburied at All Faiths Cemetery in February.
The remains of another 100 people were repatriated for reburial at other sites. They were given to the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services, Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe.
Tile murals at All Faiths feature photographs taken in Tucson at the time the cemetery was in use.
The murals were created by the same process used to create the "Windows to the Past, Gateway to the Future" tile murals at the Broadway underpass east of downtown.
It is not known if any people in the photographs were among those reburied.
Next: Now that the remains have reached their final resting place, county officials are focused on building the court complex.
The project, which will cost about $78 million, is in the preliminary design stages, said project manager Carter Volle.
Drawings are to be submitted for bids at the end of 2011- if the county has the money to proceed.
The money could come from a bond election next year, but county officials have not decided whether to hold an election, he said.
If no money is available, the project will likely be put on hold.
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