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Dec 25, 2017 - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

We left Chiricahua NM on Christmas Day and drove 182 miles to Coolidge, AZ. We checked into a hotel and ate Christmas supper at the Golden Corral...yep the Golden Corral...and it was packed. The next morning we checked out of the hotel and headed to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Set in the Sonoran desert, the national monument preserves the remains of an ancient Hohokam farming village including the Great House. It is believed that the Great House and surrounding village were completed in the 1300s and remained active through the...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Casa Grande Continued

We had some colder mornings, which included frost on some of the roofs and definitely on our car. We checked the weather on our smartphones and saw that it was snowing in Benson and were glad that we are here. We tried a few more new places for lunch such as the Golden Corral and Suki’s BBQ. Kelly & Patricia came by to say goodbye the morning they were leaving and we told them we’d pass through Billings to see them this summer. Hugs and good wishes followed. One evening we met friends Diane and Andy Hitzel at Barro’s for pizza, who had just...

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Feb 8, 2015 - Casa Grande Ruins

The Hohokom people. This was the first archaeological site in America to be protected by the United States government. Casa Grande Ruins is located near the towns of Coolidge and Casa Grande. Designated an "archaeological reserve'' in 1892 and a national monument in 1918, the centerpiece of Casa Grande is a 4-story structure. The Casa Grande monument was built about 700 years ago around AD1300-1350 by the Hohokam natives. Before this they lived in pit houses. The ruin, often referred to as the "Great House'' or "Big House'', sits on flat...

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Mar 5, 2014 - Coolidge,Az

Watching the brier. Jan got a hold of Roy and we went to Mesa to OrganStop Pizza Mar.4. The show was good, but I was thinking sometimes things aren't as good the second time around. We made better time travelling from here than Jan & Bruce did from Phoenix. The organ music was good but the player didn't banter as much & all the little extras were'nt in evidence. Bad accident in town a couple of blocks from our rv park. Our "lake" is almost drained away. Mar.6-Went to Mesa to checkout rv sites. Sunset rv in Mesa (met Blanche there 2 yrs.ago...

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winter 2014

Feb 28, 2014 - Coolidge,Az

Went to Casa Grande monument here in Coolidge. The ruins are a portion of the 4-storey great house that still remains of the settlement believed to be established about 1350 a.d. The people were believed to have settled along the Salt & Gila Rivers and developed fairly extensive irrigation canals between villages. Quite interesting. Then we went down the road to Florence(9 miles),which is the county seat of Pinal County. There are three prisons there-one is the county jail & the other are State prisons. Neat & tidy town, also a fairly large...

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winter 2014

Feb 27, 2014 - Coolidge,Az

Left Pleasant Harbour with mixed feelings. Nice park & nice people, perhaps we should have stayed for several more days. Our neighbours (Dick & Jeannie Burke from Bellvue, Wash.) were very nice & wanted us to go to ballgame on Sat. with them, Mariners of course.We decided to go as rain is expected on the week-end. Ended up at Coolidge,about 20m.from Casa Grande.Toured several rv parks & decided on Indian Skies RV.

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winter 2014

Mar 1, 2013 - Casa Grande

We left Tucson after 3 days. Tucson area has a lot to see and do. We traveled a few hours to Coolidge AZ. To see the Casa Grande national monument . It is an old habitat of the pueblo people from the 13th century. It is an amazing 4 story structure made of dirt and other material piled layer after layer ( no bricks or stones) in the Adobe style of construction . Only a few walls and 1 main structure remain. Getting warmer . 26 today.

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Nov 15, 2011 - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

We decided to visit a nearby National Monument that is administered by the National Park Service. We have seen several "cliff houses" and some other ruins, but this one was a bit different. An Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and "Great House" is preserved at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Created as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison, the site was declared a National Monument in 1918. Casa Grande, meaning "Great House" and its surrounding compound, one of the largest...

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Jan 20, 2011 - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Today John, Jan and I went to visit the Casa Grande Ruins. It was a pretty neat place. We saw a short movie then went through a small museum. Then there was a tour guide who gave us a great tour of the Ruins. The home there is known as the ("Great House") is still there and they think it has been there since around 1350 C.E. This is one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America; its purpose still remains a mystery.

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Apr 17, 2010 - Desert Flowers and Cactus (1st and 3rd grades)

Traveling north from Tucson to Prescott, the cactus are finally starting to bloom as are the wild flowers. Beautiful to be driving along in the CoCo Locomoto and seeing these beautiful sites. We have learned a lot about the Prickly Pear Cactus and have sent you some candy, fruit and pads from the Prickly Pear. Can you guess how the candy is made? There are different varieties of the Prickly Pear but all have "fruit." The Native people in the area use the fruit to make the candy by peeling it and cooking until soft, then straining the juice...

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Apr 15, 2010 - Casa Grande Ruins

What a learning trip the Casa Grande Ruins were! They are located in Coolidge, AZ and date back to the 1200's. The main structure was covered in the 1930's and it was designated as a National Monuent to keep people from ravaging the ruins. It was inhabited by the Hohokam culture who were farmers and gatherers. Still visable in some areas are the irrigation canals they dug way back then to irrigate their crops. THe "Great House" which is the covered structure had holes in different places to track the sun and moon's movement which is how...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Casa Grande National Monument

Dear Farley, FINALLY they hauled themselves out of the pool long enough to take an excursion to Casa Grande National Monument, which I thought was the whole reason we came here. As you know, pre-Columbian archeology is my passion, so I have been waiting for quite a while to see this place. Casa Grande is a canine archaeologist's mecca because they actually allow dogs to walk around the ruins here -- on leash, of course, but whatever. I was able to nose the walls of the big house (casa grande, get it?) and poke around in some of the lesser...

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