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WALNUT_000911_08.JPG: A sign: "Remnants
"During the 1890's, Walnut Canyon became a popular destination for Sunday picnickers, some armed with shovels. Serious pothunters dynamited the walls to let in more light. Destruction of the cliff dwellings happened quickly as the number of visitors increased. Most of the prehistoric rooms were gutted before the turn of the century. But concerned citizens took action before all traces of the ancient ruins were lost.
"They lobbied for federal protection, and in 1915 Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Walnut Canyon a national monument. It is now one of over 350 areas in the National Park System."
WALNUT_000911_10.JPG: There were a couple of wall paintings which apparently were fakes
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Wikipedia Description: Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Walnut Canyon National Monument is a United States National Monument located about 10 mi southeast of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona just off Interstate 40. The canyon rim lies at 6690 ft; the canyon floor 350 ft lower. A 0.9 mi long loop trail descends 185 ft into the canyon passing 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua people.
Most of the cliff dwelling rooms are situated near the loop trail, typically slightly above the trail and immediately outside the loop itself. A typical room might have been the dwelling of a single family, and might measure approximately two meters high by six meters long by three meters deep.
There are many more dwellings to be seen up close if you take the time to explore the canyon just east of the Monument. Entrance via The Arizona Trail works best, no ropes necessary, just scrambling. Do not enter the canyon in the Monument as it is illegal and you will be severely punished. Remember to take only pictures and leave these sites undisturbed.
Walnut Canyon was proclaimed a national monument on November 30, 1915. It was transferred from the USDA Forest Service to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933. As with all historic areas administered by the National Park Service, the national monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
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2000 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 2000, I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. The scaffolding that was being used on the Washington Momnument came down in March so you'll see it disappear this year. In 2000, I took three weeks and drove across country in my new Saturn station wagon -- taking the northern route through Montana and other places, arriving in San Francisco (a place I'd always wanted to visit), and then returning via a southern route. The cross-country drive meant that I took pictures in a 20 different states (an annual record for me) as well as one foreign country.