Two years ago on June 30, 19 members of the Prescott Fire Department Granite Mountain Hotshot Team tragically lost their lives fighting a fire outside Yarnell, Ariz.
The citizens of the area, greatly moved by the loss, began bringing items and placing or attaching them to the fence line outside the hotshot fire station in an outpouring of sorrow and gratitude. For 72 days, the spontaneous memorial grew as people from all over the world having learned of the tragedy sent cards, letters and mementos. As summer came to a close, a plan emerged to preserve the items left for the 19 crew members. Volunteers from the Prescott community collected the more than 9,000 items so that the impact of the tragedy would not be lost on future generations. The items sent to the people of Prescott in tribute to these firefighters are available online as part of the Arizona Memory Project.
About the Arizona Memory Project
Launched in 2006, the Arizona Memory Project provides online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. Visitors to the site will find some of the best examples of government documents, photographs, maps, and objects that chronicle Arizona's past and present. Arizona Memory Project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.