Arizona Page Two
~ Arizona ~ In My Air Force Days ~
~ Trips Around Arizona in 1952 ~ Page Two ~

~ Wickenburg ~ Prescott ~ Jerome ~ Montezuma Castle ~

Wickenburg, Arizona... Little old Western Town just Northwest of Phoenix... On the way North to Prescott, Jerome and a few Indian ruins...


Just outside Wickenburg, the Hassayampa Well, next to the Hassayampa river... Hassayampa means 'hidden water' and the river looks dry, but they say there is water below the surface..

Was there water in that well?.. I don't remember...

The Jail Tree was actually the Wickenburg Jail from 1863 to 1890...

In the desert near Buckeye, Arizona... The cactus is a teddy bear cholla... called the 'jumping cactus'...

Prescott, Arizona from a hill to the East...

Downtown Prescott, the first Capital of Arizona...

There is my Jeep Station Wagon parked below the cafe sign... We had lunch there... I remember a good spicy bowl of Western Style Chili...

On Mingus Mountain, above Jerome, Arizona, looking toward Oak Creek Canyon...

Jerome, Arizona, perched on the side of Mingus Mountain, mines below the town collapsing and the town sliding down the hill... Many buildings condemmed back then.. But I did see a TV program not long ago that the town was still active...

Toozigoot National Monument... Clarkdale, Arizona, Anciet pyramid like pueblo containg 110 rooms... The ony entrances through the roofs... Reached by ladders pulled up when not in use as protection against enemies...

The ruins from the top... Inhabited in the 15th century, they have been abandoned for 700 years... The Apache word toozigoot means 'crooked water'...

Montezuma National Monument at Cottonwood, Arizona... This cliff dwelling contains 20 rooms stacked up in 5 tiers in a deep niche in a perpendicular canyon wall overlooking Beaver Creek...

This is the best preserved Cliff Dwelling in the United States... It was occupied from 1100 to 1425 A.D. by Pueblo Indian tribes...

Montezuma Well... Near Montezuma castle... Is a deep lake in a crater like mesa 470 feet across... The lake formed when the earth collapsed from being dug away by an underground river...

There are mumerous small cliff dwellings in niches up in the crater rim... Inhabited about 1200 to 1400 A.D.

A cliff dwelling in a cave near the bottom of the Montezuma Well...

Heading North to Flagstaff, we pass through Oak Creek Canyon... A 15 mile drive between towering canyon walls... following Oak Creek... A favorte stream for Arizona anglers...

The highway climbing the Northern end up and out of Oak Creek Canyon...

Indian ruins at Walnut Canyon National Monument... These dwellings were made of square stones cemented with mud... The natural overhanging ledges provided the roof...

Checking out the ruins... They were inhabited from 900 to 1200 A.D.

Interior view of the ruin... There are over 300 of these one room dwellings along the 20 miles of Walnut Canyon...

Farther North, an extinct volcano to explore... And climb that thing with that big camera... Are you kidding me?

Dave leading the way.. the trail a bit treacherous with the trail consistng of loose volcanic cinders...

But we make it to the top with a view of the San Franciso peaks in the distance... The black areas just over the rim, the previous lava flow...

Looking down into the crater... It is 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep...

Near the crater is an ice cave in the lava bed... Ice remains in the cave year round...

Inside the cave.. the dark area on the floor of the cave is ice...

Abd a final shot looking out from the mouth of the ice cave... Heading on North for more exploration of Arizona...

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