Arizona Pioneer Women

4th Marine Division

In 1968, the Daughters of Utah dedicated this memorial in memory of the Mormon pioneer women who were essential to the development of many Arizona communities including Show Low, Springerville, Mesa and Joseph City.

These women left everything they had known to travel to Arizona. They were caregivers, doctors and organizers during travel. After a hard, treacherous journey, they set up homes and became indispensable to the development of their communities where they played a major role in creating communities and helping them thrive.

Brave pioneer women cared for their families with the usual daily meals, making and mending clothing and nurturing. They were active workers on their ranches. They tended to the animals by driving cattle, caring for sick animals and branding. They also tended to the injured ranch workers and helped sick neighbors. Pioneer women worked on the farms growing and harvesting. They preserved the food and created meals from what they grew. They were responsible for trading and selling as well.

Despite all of her other duties, the pioneer woman was a formidable protector of family and home. She was the first line of defense. Pioneer women often faced natural dangers like snakes and large animals. She also defended the home and family against robbers and others who might try to harm them.

These women were the first school teachers, business women and midwives. They created the first newspapers and organized community gatherings. Pioneer women laid the foundation for a connected community of people. These women were the backbone of the developing areas, who often sacrificed their own desires to ensure the home, ranches and farms as well as the community as a whole were cared for. Without them, the Arizona communities they helped create may have never succeeded.