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  • Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
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  • Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    by jumpingnorman
  • Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    by jumpingnorman

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    Picnic Areas

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Picnic areas are essential if your traveling with a family and pets. While my son and myself was exploring the ruins, my hubby, other son and our Bear-Bear took it easy and ate some snacks and took in much needed drinks while waiting on us. All the picnic areas here are covered and plenty of trash bins to keep the area clean.

    1100 W. Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 85228

    The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour-long drive from either Phoenix or Tucson. From Interstate 10 take the Coolidge exits and follow the signs to the park entrance.

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    Prehistoric Observatory

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2011

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    Favorite thing: One thing very special about Casa Grande is if notice the small circular window in the upper left portion of the west wall. This opening aligns with the setting sun on the summer solstice (June 21), the longest day of the year. The square hole in the upper right wall aligns once every 18.5 years with the setting moon at an extreme point in its cycle. Other windows and doorways in the upper part of the building also align with the sun or moon at significant times of the years.

    Casa Grande Ruins NM
    1100 W. Ruins Drive
    Coolidge, AZ 85228

    The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour-long drive from either Phoenix or Tucson. From Interstate 10 take the Coolidge exits and follow the signs to the park entrance.

    (520) 723-3172
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    Casa Grande Main Metal Roof

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The General Land Office took over management of the ruins and hired a young man named Frank Pinkley in 1901 to be the first on-site custodian. In 1903 a shelter roof of corrugated iron supported by redwood timbers was built over the Casa Grande, and between 1906 and 1908 major excavations and repairs of the ruins were conducted under the direction of Jesse Fewkes of the Bureau of Ethnology. Most of the lower walls visible today were uncovered at that time. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Casa Grande Ruins to be a National Monument on August 3, 1918 and management of the Ruins was transferred to the National Park Service. Frank Pinkley stayed on as custodian and eventually became the superintendent of all southwest monuments.

    The metal roof structure above the Casa Grande was constructed in 1932 at a cost of almost $28,000. Maintenance of the roof structure includes painting it every 15-20 years. It was last painted in 2003 at a cost of over $100,000.(http://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm)

    Casa Grande Ruins NM
    1100 W. Ruins Drive
    Coolidge, AZ 85228
    (520) 723-3172

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    Casa Grande Construction

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Part of the plaque that explains the construction reads: While most buildings had floor and roof supports made from local desert trees, the Casa Grande once contained hundreds of imported beams-pine, fir and juniper obtained from mountains over fifty miles away. Floor supports spanned the width of each room; saguaro ribs were laid perpendicular to these; reeds were set on this framework; and a coating of caliche completed the floor. Notice the horizontal groove part way up the inside of the wall-this groove is where the floor once joined the wall. The smoothly plastered inside walls are a further indication that much time, work and care went into the contruction of the Casa Grande.

    1100 W. Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 85228

    The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour-long drive from either Phoenix or Tucson. From Interstate 10 take the Coolidge exits and follow the signs to the park entrance.

    (520)-723-7209

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    Knowing who built the Casa Grande?

    by jumpingnorman Updated Dec 13, 2009

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    Museum at Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
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    Favorite thing: There is a museum just before you venture out to see the Casa Grande, ther imposing ancient building which is four stories high and 60 feet long. It is known that the Hohokam built this Great House which seems to align with the heavens for knowing times for planting and harvest. The Hohokams were also known as the "First Masters of the American Desert" and they lived on the desert land, making pottery and trading with nearby tribes. They also have irrigation canals for diversion of water...

    The kids enjoyed looking at the exhibits around the gallery and posing by artifacts and images from the Hohokam Culture.

    Fondest memory: The Casa Grande itself

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