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For over 400 years, the Sinagua people (two Spanish words “sin” and “agua”, which means “without water”) had made this beautiful oasis their home along Beaver Creek. Located high and practically carved into the mountainside, stands a tribute to a people who withstood the test of time and thrived here till their mysterious disappearance around 1380 or 1400. Experts assume it was due to the stress factor from prolonged drought, disease, and nutrient-depleted soil from growing corn. Yet, Native people are very connected to their lands, so for them to leave must have been something very tragic. Montezuma Castle, a pueblo ruin, that consist of 50 rooms with at least 5 levels of floor. It is the best preserved prehistoric dwellings in North America and was granted as one of our first national monuments by the Antiquities Act on December 8, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
It was one of my goals in life to see an actual pueblo ruin and it was almost unreal looking up at it from the ground. I was never so excited in seeing one for the first time. From its discovery in the 1846 by soldiers of the Mexican-American War till about 1951, visitor’s were allowed to climb the ladders to the ruins, those lucky people. Yet, no one is allowed now to preserve the ruins for other generations to enjoy. It is visited by over 350,000 people a year.
These ruins consisted a structure was at some point almost as spectacular as Castle B. It consisted of approximately 45 rooms that may had housed at least 100 people and had almost as many floors as Castle B. Sometime ago, they believed it had caught fire at one point, so it is not as nearly preserved as their neighbor’s is.
- Pros:Breath Taking!
- In a nutshell:One of the best preserved Native American structures:-)
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