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Saturday, March 20, 2010

~~~So Much to See so Little Time~~~

We are here in this beautiful area only 8 days and there is so much we want to do & see. Guess that means we'll just have to come here again. Oh darn!!! We would normally stay longer but we are meeting our friends in just 10 days in
Colorado and we are very excited about that .
So here are a few things we have managed to do so far...

First thing we went to see was Tuzigoot National Monument just on the other side of Cottonwood near Clarksville. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. As we drove towards the ruins we could see crowning a desert hilltop the ancient pueblo. From the top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine the life that the Sinagua Indians lived. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres. While we were there we spent some time in the visitors center looking at relics that were excavated in this area.

Did You Know?
The ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument were excavated between 1933 and 1934 as part of the New Deal. Uncovering and reconstructing the 110-room pueblo gave out-of-work copper miners new skills

After we spent a couple of hours at Tuzigoot we headed over to the town of Jerome.
"America's Most Vertical City" and "Largest Ghost Town in America".

Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) about 10 miles out of Cottonwood, Arizona is the historic copper mining town of Jerome. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450. It is an enchanting town and a photographer's paradise. From its external appearances it hasn't changed much in nearly 100 years. Many of the buildings used by present-day business folks are those built after the fires of 1894 and1899. A number of the buildings have been restored and more are planned for restoration. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. To the delight of some, one of those buildings was the town's jail. Those buildings still standing make for interesting visiting and with a little research you can find their historical significance. One notable section is the "Cribs District." You will find this area across the street from the English Kitchen, in a back alley where all the buildings were are part of Jerome's ill-famed "prostitution row."

There are a ton of historic buildings, great little shops and restaurants in this historic town... So if you get a chance to visit, find a place to park and get out and walk...
You'll be so happy you did!
Oh and don't take your RV... the roads are narrow and tricky to maneuver.

Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!


Jerry and Suzy said...

Donna, we have spent a lot of time in the area you are visiting, but we enjoy seeing it through YOUR eyes for a change. Thanks for taking us with you!

Justine said...

Very very cool. I love the look of that little town. Funny that you said it's thriving... with only 450 residents :o )

Justine :o )

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You make me long to hit the road! Six more years and I will be doing what you are doing, can't wait!

Speedy said...

This will go on our places to see list...Thanks

Dawn Fine said...

Ahh another very nice area...Looks like our paths almost crossed this year..Maybe someday soon and we can say hi in person!

Happytrails said...

Hi Donna,
You are so right, "so much to see so little time." I'm beginning to wonder if we started full-timing soon enough to see all the amazing places in this country. I love taking the historic tours through your blog....now I can add yet another place to out "to see" list.

You guys travel safely and continue to enjoy the journey.



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