“Look at this cliff, Darlene.”
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Built to Last – Cliff Dwellings With Ladders
Limestone made a durable building material. The Sinagua Indians built these ancient homes 800-1,000 years ago.”
“Cool!” Darlene asked, “But most of these cliff-dwellings don’t have an entrance. How did the Sinagua or “Mystery People” get in? There’s another mystery for you.”
“True enough, Darlene. The cliff dwellings have ladders, though. Maybe they could go out the top. That doesn’t explain how they got to ground level, though.”
Tuzigoot Cliff Dwellings & Museum
Tourism boomed Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Tuzigoot National Monument. A ranger stood next to the checkout clerk at the museum. He answered questions from young visitors who had been on the trail. They completed Tuzigoot Booklet to earn the Junior Ranger badges.
“He’s been up here four times. When they finish the Ranger Book, then we fill out the certificate, swear them in. Presto! They become a Junior Ranger.
The museum told the Sinagua story in displays and artifacts. Archeologists noted six styles of pottery. For example, there were 108 complete bowls of undecorated plainware. But they found only four sherds of Tularosa Black-on-White pottery.
In & Out – Cliff Dwellings Offered Plenty to Explore
Tuzigoot National Monument is a large pueblo. We would not know about the cliff dwellings without excavating. Archeologists in 1933-1934 took out 5,000 cubic yards of earth. The National Park Service does not excavate often anymore. When the dirt is removed, artifacts leave their natural settings, never to go back exactly as they were before.
Tuzigoot Cliff Dwellings in 2016
Stops along the way explain the process of excavation. At the top of the grassy incline stands the Tuzigoot Pueblo.
A slight chill in the breeze kept us comfortable in our coats. As we walked along, we could see the building walls. Even though they were not complete, we could see no doors.
The broad paved path encircles the cliff dwellings. I rate this path a 1, the easiest level. Wheel-chair-patients cannot climb the ladders inside the cliff dwellings to the top-level. However, they can see cliff dwellings from almost every angle.
From the top, the “Mystery People” could see a long way. We could see the historic mining towns of Jerome, Cottonwood, and Clarkdale, AZ. Little did the ladder people know what would happen to their beloved marsh as a result of copper mining. Nor did American copper miners know what destruction they created.
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[…] mines sucked the life out of the land. As Darlene and I learned at Tuzigoot National Monument, the waste from the mines poisoned the valley. More […]
I don’t know if you saw my reblog of your review of my book I posted last weekend? http://dgkayewriter.com/traveling-hints-to-keep-more-of-your-clothes-on-always-write/ In half hour tomorrow’s post will be live with your post on 3 questions for better bloggging.:)
Wow! I don’t think I saw that! Two reblogs! WOW!
You never know what you’ll find at my place! 🙂
I know! I spent quite a bit of time on it today. 🙂
It is up on the post. Thanks again so much! 🙂
You’re a wonderful tour guide Marsha. And I was delighted to see you post about Tuzigoot, where I plan on visiting in March. We spent this past winter in Arizona and went to the old copper mine and ghost town in Jerome! 🙂
That is a great town. It’s changed a lot in the last 20 years, I understand. I bought the Images of America Jerome book. I may have an older post on that city. We went a year or so ago. 🙂 I spent the day posting yours and Terri’s books on social media. I’m up to about 550 reached on my Facebook page, TC History Gal Productions. Yeah! It was 12 yesterday. 🙂 I hope you get lots of purchases! 🙂
Wow Marsha, you’re such a huge doer! Thanks soooooooooo much for your big sharing heart! FYI, my new book is going FREE on Monday as a Christmas gift to my readers. ❤ Now. check out my post from earlier this year when I went to Jerome.
http://dgkayewriter.com/jerome-arizona/ And I'll sniff you out on social media!!! Thanks again so much and incidentally, your blog post is set to post tomorrow morning on my blog. 🙂
Great, I’ll link your post when It comes out! 🙂
I love posts like this! Leisure Education at its finest! Shared on my Windigen Consulting website 🙂
Thanks so much. I’m going to start doing my travel photo challenges on this blog. I’m trying to monetize, and I can link to affiliates within each article, and I may be able to get sponsors from the places I travel.
So, what is the difference between a sherd and a shard? This would be an interesting place to visit.
Who knows? I looked it up when I wrote the article. ???
Wonderful post for this weeks entry. 😀