Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gila Bend and Coolidge, March 7, 2010

This time when we were in Gila Bend, we took the time and stopped by the small museum, loved the sign, wonder where it was originally posted?  Saloon or church or ?

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Also find it interesting to see the items the native Americans made, some of the beads were so tiny.

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Of all the times we have been to Gila bend, we had never seen this sign before.  “Home of 1700 Friendly People and 5 Old Crabs”

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063Here are the Crabs…wonder if they had to pay money to be the designated “Crabs”?

 

 

 

Saturday morning find us up early ready for a special hike to areas the public usually can not go at the Casa Grande National Monument.   We were able to see and walk around the ball field, which may or may not have been one, each archeologist has his or her own opinion, an area which resembles flat top mounds with remnants of two  structures that are being preserved by covering it up with dirt, and an area used as a oven, to cure the pottery.  There were sure a lot of pottery shards all over the ground, but you know the rules, you can look even touch, but never take.

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This is the area that is being covered up, the walls were about 5’ tall.  Originally they were covered with concrete and you can see here that layer is breaking away and you can see the original wall underneath.

After the special tour was over, we visited the Big House, even the covering structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Here is some early graffiti, the inside surface of the great house was originally smooth.  The entire structure was made from caliche soil which resembles cement when dried.

124 Here Bob is posing next to the olla which was found in one of the rooms in 1906.  What a find!!

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