Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

4.7
The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place, located in front of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It serves as a home to a number of memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have affected the state. It is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.HistoryThe plaza was established on March 9, 1978, by the Arizona Legislature in honor of Governor Wesley Bolin, who had died a mere 5 days previously on March 4. Prior to the resolution creating the plaza, it had simply been a part of the Legislative Governmental Mall. While the plaza exists only as a part of the Mall, in common usage the terms are interchangeable and the name of the plaza is often used in preference to the Mall.Much like the National Mall on which it is loosely based, the Legislative Governmental Mall is intended as an open-air public space featuring monuments, memorials and gardens. Some of these monuments were erected prior to the inception of the Plaza, such as the monument to the USS Arizona which was dedicated over a year earlier on December 7, 1976. The Plaza, when dedicated, included these existing memorials and all subsequent memorials have been located within the boundaries of the plaza. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Phoenix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I am sure that most people in Phoenix have never been to this park and many probably haven't any idea what is here. I first visited the park in the late 70s and over the years it has gotten better...  more »
  • Did not know what to expect. Serene spot of memorial for all different areas. Those that dont know history are bound to repeat it. Would definitely take a few moments to reflect on many lives lost.  more »
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  • Wonderful place to view great memorials. The best is the huge gun barrels from the battleships "Arizona" and "Missouri" not to mention the anchor and signal mast from the "Arizona, leisurely stroll..self guided. Also the state capitol is there, historic, built in 1912.
  • The landscaping crew make that place look really great and clean... Awesome memorials

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