Where did they get this name from? Apparently Tuzigoot means "crooked water" in Apache... which refers to the winding Verde River nearby. There is lots of other cool information on this Wikipedia site.
In the Visitors Centre I saw this poster on the wall... and I wanted to know where this photo taken from... and how could I get one like it? What a great photo!
The attendant told me that the mayor of Clarkdale, Doug Von Gausig, took that photo from his residence on the hill across the Verde River. Since it was private property, it was unlikely we would be able to get a photo just like that one. You can see by the colour of the sunlight that this shot was taken early after sunrise.
So, I asked if there might be another place I might be able to get a long shot of these ruins? She told me that we might get it if we went to the Dead Horse State Park... which we did after. My shot is not nearly as dramatic. The sun was higher and not as yellow... but it does give one a good idea of the scope and magnitude of this ancient 110-room pueblo apparently built in the late 1,300's by the Sinagua people.
At first I was blown away at the quality of these ruins... all done with stone and mortar that had lasted around 600 years. That is Shirley in the red top in the distance.
adding drains to keep water from standing in the rooms, and covering the floor features with dirt.
So bottom line, this place has been totally rebuilt over the years using best efforts to capture the feeling of the original dwellings.
There were numerous tools for food preparation. The trough like "Cusinart" is called mano and metate... and it was used for grinding corn. The mortar and pestle was used for wheat and grains. Throughout this site we saw a plentiful variety of these tools.
Shirley and I went thru the room inside this upper most section of the ruins. This may have been where the chief lived... kind of like the "presidential suite!" I think if I lived here I would have made sure it had some windows to enjoy the view from this prominent location.
Inside central posts supported a nearly flat roof. Using flash photography we were able to capture the feeling inside this windowless dark place.
The roof detail shows using beams to support cross members, which in turn carried smaller sticks on which mortar or cement might have been used for a roof top patio or lookout.
From this pinnacle on the property one can see in every direction... an excellent place to early spot any attacking enemies. Today we look across the river at the mayor of Clarkdale's home on the ridge.
Or at the Blazin M Ranch to the south-east. Check out their link for fun and fixin's. This also would be a great spot to take an early morning photo of Tuzigoot.
Looking to the west in the 1940's this large field was a tailings pond for copper mining...
photo by Shirleyand further west on the hillside is evidence of current mining activity.
photo by Shirley
You almost have to be here to get a feeling of the magnitude and scale of this pueblo. 110 rooms is a huge development.
People come here from all over the United States...
And Australia and Europe. In fact, after we left this place and stopped at the Tourist Information in Cottonwood, we ran into a couple visiting here from Goerlitz, Germany. You have to see Shirley's post for today for all the amazing details.
Today men have built "monuments" all over the United States. Some for high and noble purposes... and others for selfish reasons.
"New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent." -Frank Lloyd Wright