CASA GRANDE RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT COOLIDGE ARIZONA
The Ancestral Desert People lived in the area for many centuries prior to the construction of the Casa Grande. Sometime around 1450 Casa Grande was abandoned for unknown reasons after the Ancestral Desert People had used it for only a century. This Is a quick video tour of the ruins.
Our 242nd National Park - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and Great House are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. If you enjoy our travel video, we would appreciate a thumbs-up, SUBSCRIBE, COMMENT, and/or SHARE. Thank you for watching and happy travels to you!
Known as the “Wonderland of Rocks,” Chiricahua National For More Than 650 Years the Casa Grande Has Stood as a Meeting Place and Landmark
Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals. An Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and Great House are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the Ruins. That’s just a small part of the adventure and beauty you’ll find here!
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Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and Great House are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the RuinsWell preserved 4-floor ruins of a 14th century adobe building, set in desert surroundings in central Arizona
Are Arizona's Casa Grande Ruins Hiding a Giant Mystery?
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Before getting into more specific details I'll briefly cover how I learned of this mysterious place and one of its apparently well-kept secrets. A sort of hobby I partake in is researching historical information on things such as Bigfoot/Wildman reports, paranormal, UFOs, and such. As a result I recently happened upon this newspaper article from 1906 that announced the discovery of a footprint much larger than the feet of any of the known Indian tribes or races of the country had been found at the Casa Grande Ruins
Now for some background info. on Casa Grande:
It has been determined that an area of the U.S. southwest in the state of Arizona was inhabited for possibly over a thousand years by ancient Sonoran Desert people. Their use of wide-scale canal irrigation farming and above-ground building construction differs greatly from other people in the region during that time period. At some point, perhaps around 1400 A.D., an enormous effort was undertaken by these people to construct a sophisticated four-story, multi-room building in their Southern, Arizona community; which is now Coolidge, Arizona. This endeavor required the unearthing of 3,000 tons, or six million pounds of sedimentary rock known as caliche to create the structure. Once the caliche was unearthed it was mixed with water whereupon it was ready to be used. Archaeologists believe this building was completed around 1450 A.D.
Today the remains of this building is known as Casa Grande, which was the name given by the Spanish who first encountered it. In the late 1800s the federal government initiated a small-scale effort to preserve the site. Frank Pinkley was appointed custodian of the ruins in 1901 and remained until 1906.. At least one article refers to him as a government agent. Pinkley had wanted congress to appropriate funds to properly excavate and preserve the ruins and in 1906 he got his wish in the amount of $3,000. Interestingly this money was approved soon after the big footprint much larger than the feet of any of the known Indian tribes or races of the country article was published. Next, a big-name archaeologist Jesse Walter Fewkes on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution was instructed to begin excavations of the ruins which he officially did in October of 1906. Was the discovery of this relic perhaps the catalyst that finally got the big archaeological ball rolling at Casa Grande? And what ever became of the concrete cast of the footprint after it reached the National Museum in Washington, D.C., and the actual footprint that it was created from?
In 1891, the monument underwent repairs supervised by Cosmos Mindeleff of the Bureau of American Ethnology, until funds ran out. Proclaimed Casa Grande Reservation by an order of President Benjamin Harrison on June 22, 1892, Casa Grande Ruins became the first prehistoric and cultural reserve in the US. It was then re-designated a national monument by President Woodrow Wilson on August 3, 1918. As with all historical areas administered by the National Park Service, Casa Grande was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
Although in a very early phase of study so far I have learned that Native American O'odham oral traditions claim Casa Grande was built by someone of immense importance named Sial Teu-utak Sivan, which translates to Morning-Green Leader or Chief Turquoise and that Casa Grande had changed hands between separate groups over the years, at least once by force. Jesse Walter Fewkes had written about this as it was conveyed to him.
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Casa Grande is the largest structure built by the Hohokam and represents the height of their architecture. Also the nation's first archeological preserve.
***This place is said the be haunted. Also while driving in the Black Mountains at night, a black mist will appear, if you walk, it will follow you.
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Casa Grande (Great House) Ruins is what is left of a four story house built by the Hohokam tribe. The Great House was completed about 1350 in the late Classic period which ended in the 1400s.
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Laszlo and I head south to visit the ruins of ancient peoples; The Hohokam. And we quickly become distracted, and it gets really windy, so we cut it short. That seems to happen a lot...
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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (O'odham: Siwañ Waʼa Ki: or Sivan Vahki), in Coolidge, Arizona, just northeast of the city of Casa Grande, preserves a group of Ancient Pueblo Peoples Hohokam structures of the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras.
Casa Grande National Monument - The Big House (Vlog)
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument located north of Tucson in southern Arizona, has been standing for over 650 years. We spent one day visiting this impressive structure constructed by the ancient Sonoran people. After the showing some footage of the Big House I edited some interesting facts shared with us from one of the Park volunteers. Enjoy and please subscribe!
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The Casa Grande was abandoned around 1450 C.E. Since the ancient Sonoran Desert people who built it left no written language behind, written historic accounts of the Casa Grande begin with the journal entries of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino when he visited the ruins in 1694. In his description of the large ancient structure before him, he wrote the words casa grande (or great house) which are still used today. More became known about the ruins with the later visits of Lt. Col. Juan Bautista de Anza's expedition in 1775 and Brig. Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny's military detachment in 1846. Subsequent articles written about the Casa Grande increased public interest. During the 1860's through the 1880's more people began to visit the ruins with the arrival of a railroad line twenty miles to the west and a connecting stagecoach route that ran right by the Casa Grande. The resulting damage from souvenir hunting, graffiti and outright vandalism raised serious concerns about the preservation of the Casa Grande.
Casa Grande Ruins 12-13-07
A National Monument built by the Hohokum Indians outside of Coolidge Arizona.
Monument closing due to gov't shutdown could impact tiny AZ town
A government shutdown would be bad news for the Casa Grande Ruins, a national monument in Coolidge.
We're in Ruins - Full Time RV Travel in the Desert Southwest
Bernie and Susan are back with another video filmed in the desert Southwest. They recently visited the Casa Grande Ruins located in Coolidge, Arizona and share some of what they experienced in this 11-minute production.
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Early in 2013, divers revealed an ancient underwater forest off Alabama's Gulf Coast. The site was a closely guarded secret until 2012, when the owner of a dive shop revealed it to Ben Raines, who is the executive director of the nonprofit Weeks Bay Foundation, which researches estuaries.
Buried under ocean sediments, an oxygen-free environment protected the trees for more than 50,000 years. The forest contains Bald Cypress trees so well preserved that when cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap.
The depth of the forest confused researchers at first. Places that are now 60 feet underwater typically became dry land about 12,000 years ago. This led several scientists to guess the trees were growing during an era known as the younger Dryas. However, scientists found the trees proved to be too old for radiocarbon dating, which means they are at least 50,000 years old. These trees first sprouted during an ice age. Scientists hope the forest will reveal vital climate data.
12. Casa Grande Ruins
Archaeologists understand some things about Casa Grande in Coolidge, Arizona. They know that it was probably constructed in the early 13th century, that the builders used adobe, and that the full complex included several other adobe structures and a ball court. At one point, a wall surrounded the complex. The builders also developed wide-scale irrigation farming and extensive trade connections which lasted over a thousand years until about 1450.
No one is sure who built the complex or where they went. What they also don’t know is what the four-story central building was for: a guard tower, a grain silo, a house of worship, or something else. Today the main building is under a protective roof built by Civil Conservation Corps workers in the 1930s, and the full ruins are a federally protected national park—the first such park in the United States.
If anyone has questions about the original builders, park rangers refer to then as the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert. The Tohono O’odham Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Hopi Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni all claim an ancestral affiliation to the site and the people who lived there.
11. The Blythe Intaglios
Several landmarks compete for the title of “America’s Stonehenge,” but it’s clear that the Blythe Intaglios are ”America’s Nazca Lines.” Much like their Peruvian cousins, the Blythe Intaglios are a set of geoglyphs depicting giant human figures etched into the California desert sometime between 450 and 2,000 years ago. The figures are so big—the largest is over 170 feet long—that they escaped the notice of California settlers, and remained undisturbed until the 1930s when a pilot bound for Nevada spotted them from the air.
Researchers believe the local Mojave people were the likely creators of the site. However, as with the Nazca Lines, it’s obvious they’re meant to be viewed from the air. Researchers can’t explain how the Mojave would have seen them from that vantage point or what purpose they served. Naturally, there are those who say aliens used them.
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For years, the Cherokee people who lived near the soapstone boulder now known as Judaculla Rock in present-day North Carolina used it as a sort of billboard, etching so many petroglyph designs into the stone that even today it’s difficult to tell exactly how many there are. The boulder also sports seven grooves, the mythical footprints of a legendary giant, which contemporary archaeologists attribute to ancient masons mining the soapstone to make bowls.
What exactly the stone says and why the Cherokee carved on it so much remains a mystery. Because of the fragility of the stone, and the fact that Cherokee still see it as a sacred artifact, research has been understandably slow. The inconsiderate actions of other visitors has also caused the stone to erode more quickly. Hopefully, one day we may understand its secrets. But, for now, it remains a mystery.
10 Archaeological Mysteries of the United States
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These ancient American relics remain unexplained.
A centuries-old stone wall, stretching for miles; enormous pictures scratched into the ground of a desert; rocks arranged in a circle. You know what these landmarks are, right?
Guess again. Instead of the Great Wall of China or Stonehenge, these are all ancient American ruins and landmarks. The United States is a relative newcomer to the world stage, but there have been people long living on this continent, and they’ve left traces of their presence just as mysterious as those found in other countries.
1. Mystery Hill: America’s Stonehenge.
SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
About 40 miles north of the city of Boston, and about 25 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean...
2. Casa Grande Ruins.
This is an artist's depiction of the Casa Grande (Great House), and its surrounding compound as it may have appeared around 1350 C.E....
3. The Blythe Intaglios.
The Blythe Intaglios, often called America’s Nazca Lines, are a series of gigantic geoglyphs found fifteen miles north of Blythe California in the Colorado Desert....
4. Judaculla Rock.
SYLVA, NORTH CAROLINA.
Buried in the mountains of Jackson County, just outside of Sylva, there exists a very, very strange rock....
5. Bighorn Medicine Wheel.
Located high in the Bighorn Mountains of Northern Wyoming, the centuries old Medicine Wheel....
6. Dighton Rock.
In the fall of 1680, John Danforth – with his freshly minted degree from Harvard College – visited the South Shore of Massachusetts in Taunton and took a side trip to see one of the curiosities of the age....
7. The Great Serpent Mound.
The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,300 foots long, and 3 foots high prehistoric effigy mound located on a plateau of a crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio....
8. Berkeley Mystery Walls.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
The ancient Berkeley walls remain an ancient unsolved enigma. Often referred to as the “Great Wall of California”...
9. Miami Circle.
The worst place in Florida to discover an ancient mystery is on prime real estate in downtown Miami....
10. Hemet Maze Stone.
Near the town of Hemet in the Reinhardt canyon, of southern California there is a curious petroglyph known as the Hemet maze stone...
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