MESA, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) - If you're looking for a good October event, how about a cemetery tour? There's an interesting tour option available in the east Valley this weekend -- a walk among headstones. The Mesa Historical Museum is letting you tour the cemetery and learn about some of the influential people who called mesa home.

Executive Director Susan Ricci says the event won't be respectful rather than spooky. "We don't emphasize Halloween, but of course this is the perfect time of year to do it," she said.

The 3rd annual Mesa Cemetery Tour is Saturday, October 23 from 8 am to 10 a.m. Guests can visit the graves of 14 figures from Mesa's history.

Cemetery Tour

The Mesa Historical Museum provides a tour of the cemetery where you can learn about some of the influential people who called mesa home.

"One of our people here that we're featuring survived a shipwreck at sea," Ricci said. Historians and elected leaders will narrate the colorful lives of people from the past. "We even have some relatives of the people that are buried here, so they're going to tell family stories," Ricci said.

William Burton, for example, was a bounty hunter, a builder, a firefighter, and a clown -- and those are just some of the things on his resume. His photo and some artifacts will be displayed where he is buried.

'Powder River Jack' Lee was part of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, and you'll get to hear one of his songs when you stop at his headstone. "But it's very questionable -- some of the songs that he produced, that they were plagiarized, so I think maybe plagiarizing is as criminal as we've gotten, that we know of," Ricci said.

Whether controversial or not... Each person featured on the tour was instrumental in the founding of Mesa.

"It's really wonderful that we learn the obstacles that they face and the perseverance. It's inspiring," Ricci said. You can buy tickets here, or buy them at the cemetery gate.

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