We stumbled upon this place, the Tuzigoot National Monument, mostly by accident. It lies in central Arizona's Verde Valley. The word Tuzigoot, is Apache for "crooked water." The dwelling is a three story, 110 room, Sinagua pueblo. It was occupied for about 300 years, starting about 900 years ago. It was excavated during the 1930s. The pueblo was occupied for such a long period because of the permanence of a nearby river. I retract the first sentence.
The visitor's center (no photo) houses an extensive collection of Sinagua artifacts. All of them were found on site, during the excavation.
The ceiling is the only reconstruction done on the pueblo and is considered an exact representation of what was originally there.
My last post was related to Jerome. It is located on the near slope of that mountain range in the background of this photo.
It really blows my mind to think of people living here that long ago in a totally organized and efficient manner. Although there were many native Americans living in the area, they were totally alone. All of these rooms had roofs on them, but they didn't have any doors at all. The only way in and out of each room was through a trapdoor on the roof.
I know this post is different for me, but I hope you enjoyed the historical significance of it as much as I did...