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Helen Duett Ellison Hunt was a true cowgirl fit to serve as Arizona’s first First Lady. George W. P. Hunt courted “Duett” for thirteen years before he gave her an ultimatum: he would be in Holbrook on February 24, 1904, and as his bride she ought to be there too. Helen died of appendicitis on April 18, 1931, and Governor Hunt found this beautiful site appropriate for his beloved. He died three years later and is buried with Helen, her sister Lena, and her parents in Hunt’s Tomb.
- Hunt’s Tomb is large enough to contain eight vacuum-sealed caskets. It currently contains five: Governor George W. P. Hunt, his wife Helen Duett Ellison Hunt, her parents J. W. and Susan Ellison, and her sister, Lena Ellison.
- Governor George W. P. Hunt had to obtain special permission from the US government to build his tomb because Papago Park was still a National Monument at the time.
- Helen Duett Ellison Hunt died in April 1931 in the same hospital where her daughter Virginia was staying as a patient in the maternity ward, having just given birth to a son.