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Bill Gibson and a group of volunteers used donated supplies from Home Depot to restore the gravesite of Rim Country pioneer, David Gowan.

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Volunteers restore pioneer’s gravesite

A dozen volunteers made record time in restoring the grave of a vivid Rim Country pioneer on Saturday — hauling fencing and wielding rakes and clippers to honor the man credited with discovering the Tonto Natural Bridge. “Sometimes in life you get down on people,” said Bill Gibson who spent months lining up permits and donations to restore the grave of David Gowan, a sailor, prospector, rancher, farmer and doughty survivor. “Then you run across a group of people like this and it kind of restores your faith in humanity. What a cool deal.”


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