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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Glenda Farley


"ED. MINER: --- Since I read in your columns, some time since, on the old ruins above Camp Verde, I have visited them. These ruins are situated about four miles above Camp Verde, on a point of rocks about fifty feet high, east of the Rio Vede facing west, and about 250 feet from the river. At the foot of these ruins, a company has been building a ditch, and utilizing the remains of these ruins to fill up the grade. In throwing down the rock and dirt, they have found that they were once a succession of houses joined together, each room being distinct, and built of rock and mud. In the center of several of the rooms are found ashes, indicating that fires were wont to be made in the houses to cook or warm by. Earthen pots were near the ashes."

"A number of the rooms have the appearance of having been burned down, as where the walls have crumbled down in places, charred wood is found mixed in the debris."

"In one room was a human skeleton partially burnt, and pots near by. One bowl is perfect, and another cracked and has on it some hieroglyphics and caricatures. One room contained eleven skeletons, varying from a large man down to the size of an infant."

"Major Brayton, and a party from Verde Post, came up to visit the ruins, and hearing that Mr. Hull had a small collection of relics from them, they stopped to examine them, --- one, a skull and jaw, is nearly perfect, with teeth in a good state of preservation. A stone hammer of small size; a bone implement, sharp pointed; two bowls --- one bearing caricatures apparently representing language, but somewhat defaced by having been burnt with the house. Mr. Hull presented these things to the Major for shipment to the Smithsonian Institute."

"After gaining such information as they could, they continued on to the ruins, and in passing Mr. Dickinson's they were presented with a dipper found in the ruins; the end of the handle was broken in excavating. This dipper resembles a cocoa nut in shape. The inside is striped and made to somewhat resemble stairs at one end, and straight on the other, with a few lines aound it. The clay was of a dark cream color. At the ruins they found several other things, which were added to the collection."

"FARMING: Our fruit-tree men, Goodhue & Armstrong, have sued William Clift for refusing to pay for some trees he ordered, which has somewhat startled our people, who are unable to take their trees and pay for them."

"Our farmers are much distressed over the fence law, and are saying hard things about the members of the last Legislature."

"If men of means and experience would take hold of mines, this, I think, would turn out to be a good mining district."

"This valley is bound, ere long, to be the garden spot of Arizona; what with our water facilities, climate, ducks, geese, fish, soil, etc., etc., it must, in time become a place for people from the mountains to spend their winters in fishing, hunting, etc. etc."

"CITIZEN. Verde Valley, A. T., Feb. 4, 1878."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; February 8, 1878; page 2.)

See: The Verde Independent; "1877-1878: CENTRAL VERDE; Burfords, O.K. Ditch Company;" February 1, 2014.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Article comment by: Paul Handverger

Do enjoy your blogs. This is a great find suggesting warfare regarding the abandonment of the Verde Valley by the Sinagua.

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