Surfing the righteous wave of Confederate monument destruction moving across the country, an ingenious vandal (or vandals) concocted an extremely appropriate reckoning for the Gold Canyon monument - they tarred and feathered the old thing.
Tarring and feathering is a form of mob vengeance meant to punish and humiliate.
Although isolated incidents of tarring and feathering can be found throughout the history of the 19th and 20th centuries, the practice had fallen out of public favor long before the Civil War began, and the practice is, in America, historically associated with the Revolutionary War.
"Somebody had to put a little thought into it, but this is going to cost a lot of money to clean up", Mesa resident John Rogers told Fox 10.
Arizona Democrat Reginald Bolding opposes Republican Governor Doug Ducey's refusal to remove Confederate statues in the state, but criticised the vandalism of the statue.
Arizona is home to six Confederate monuments, which seems odd for a state that isn't typically remembered for its allegiance to the separatist cause. It was often used against African-Americans in the days before the Civil War and even into the civil rights era. "The state controls this".
It was not the only memorial in Arizona that has been recently vandalized, with the memorial to Arizona Confederate Troops being spray painted white overnight.
Black leaders have called for the removal of such monuments for several years, saying they glorify racism.
"Vandalizing these monuments is not productive", Bolding said in a statement. "This will not lead to the civil discourse and debate that we have been calling for", he said, the New York Daily News reported.
These comments follow unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia at the weekend when a auto ploughed into a group of anti-racism protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Arizona wasn't a state during the Civil War, but the southern half of the region known as Arizona Territory was claimed by Confederate states.