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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 1:57 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Wed Apr 24, 2013.

A walk through the Mesa Cemetery is a walk through the city’s history.

First created after a smallpox epidemic in 1883, then moved to a larger site a few years later, the markers placed during the next 117 years tell a story of what’s happened in the community, as well as the state.

During the Mesa Cemetery walking tour Saturday, visitors will hear the stories and see where their tales came to an end. It will include more than 20 stops, including the graves of Ernesto Miranda; whose conviction led to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the creation of the Miranda Rights; country music legend Waylon Jennings; and Royal Air Force cadets who died during World War II training at Falcon Field. Stops will also include: Dr. Lucius Alston, Mesa’s first African-American doctor; John Rhodes, House Minority Leader and member of Congress for 30 years; and Martin Worthington, a Confederate Soldier who served in the Civil War, as well as the stories of Mesa’s founding fathers, civic leaders and builders.

The first tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the last at 9:10 a.m. Tickets will be sold only the day of the event beginning at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $15 for anyone 14 years and older and $5 for children 6-13. Younger children are free. Proceeds will benefit the Mesa Historical Society.

Enter the Mesa Cemetery off the Country Club Drive entrance and turn left at 12th Street. Park along C Street.

For information about the tour, see mesamuseum.org or call (480) 835-7358. For information about the cemetery, see mesacemetery.com or call (480) 644-2335.

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