Mesa Verde National Park was America's first cultural park and also the world's first cultural heritage park. Created in 1906, it preserves the sites and materials of the prehistoric Puebloan people. Located in southwestern Colorado near the famous Four Corners, where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet, the magnificent Mesa Verde is situated in Montezuma County, just south of Cortez and directly west of Durango. The park's rich archaeological history was played out amid some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the West. The greater story of the evolution of the park encompasses the Ute people, Theodore Roosevelt, novelist Willa Cather, and other personalities. These remarkable vintage photographs tell that saga, which is as fascinating as that of the Puebloans.
About the Author
Author Duane A. Smith is a professor of Southwest studies and history at Fort Lewis College in Durango. The author of more than 40 books on Colorado history and the West, including several on Mesa Verde, Smith collated these evocative images from the Mesa Verde National Park Archives and other public and private collections.
Table of Contents
1 Before the Park 9
2 Park's Birth and Early Years 33
3 Roaring Days and Depression Days 57
4 From War to Crowded Days 77
5 Into a New Millennium and Century 105