|Picture Scramble # 27
||19 August 2000
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde
The largest cliff dwelling in North America.
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Mesa Verde, located
in Southwestern Colorado, was the first National Park set aside
for the "preservation... of the sites and the other works and relics
of prehistoric man..."
Mesa Verde was discovered on December 18th, 1888
by two cowboys, Richard Wetherill and his
brother-in-law Charlie Mason while riding across the mesa top
in search for stray cattle. As they came to the edge of a
pinyon and juniper forest, a vast canyon lay in front of them.
Through the blowing snow they could
distinguish something in the cliffs which looked like "a magnificent
city." These ranchers may have been the first white
men to see what they called "Cliff Palace."
After further exploration, they entered the dwelling
and made a small collection of artifacts before leaving for the day.
For additional information, visit the
National Park Service, Mesa Verde
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