Poston Butte

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Poston Butte
Poston Butte, with Poston's pyramidal tomb at the peak
Highest point
Elevation 1,749 ft (533 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 223 ft (68 m) [2]
Coordinates 33°03′19″N 111°24′32″W / 33.055199031°N 111.40892075°W / 33.055199031; -111.40892075Coordinates: 33°03′19″N 111°24′32″W / 33.055199031°N 111.40892075°W / 33.055199031; -111.40892075[1]
Poston Butte is located in Arizona
Poston Butte
Poston Butte
Location Pinal County, Arizona, U.S.
Topo map USGS Florence

Poston Butte is a hill located along Hunt Highway in Florence, Pinal County, Arizona, United States,[3] near the eastern end of the Santan Mountains.[4] Geologically, it is characterized by basalts overlying altered granite.[5]

This hill is noted for having the pyramidal tomb of Charles Debrille Poston at its summit. Poston lobbied President Lincoln and Congress to create the Territory of Arizona[6] and was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs because of his familiarity with the Native populations of the area.[7] The tomb can be accessed by a 0.6-mile (0.97 km) trail starting from the trailhead near Hunt Highway.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Poston". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Poston Butte AZ". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Poston Butte". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Poston Butte". AZGS Document Repository. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Poston, Butte-Mineral, Eutte-Sacaton: Fall Field Trip" (PDF). Arizona Geological Society. November 11, 1973. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ Poston, Charles D. "Building a State in Apache Land". p. 31. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  7. ^ Poston, Charles D. "Building a State in Apache Land". p. 32. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Poston's Butte – Florence, AZ". Retrieved 2014-02-08.