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  • Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park
    Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park
    by Basaic
  • Holy Angels Church and Rectory
    Holy Angels Church and Rectory
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  • Central Plaza
    Central Plaza
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Globe Things to Do

  • Historic District 5

    In addition to the interesting buildings in the Historic District, you will find this 1901 Steam Locomotive built by the Baldwin Locomotive Company. It is located in a small park in front of City Hall.

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  • Historic District 4

    Here you see the Van Wagenen/Fisk Building which was built in 1905 using the Victorian Style. Van Wagenen’s wife founded Globe’s first hospital in 1880. Next is the Gila County Jail which was built in 1909 by Pauly Jail Building Company. The cells were transported from the Yuma Territorial Prison. This jail was in use until 1978. Third is the...

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  • Globe Historic District 3

    First we see the Gila Valley Bank & Trust Company Building, built in 1909in the Beaux-Arts Neoclassical Style. This was the pioneer branch of the Valley National Bank. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Next are the Wellington Saloon and Arizona Silver Belt Buildings. The Wellington Saloon Building was built in 1915 in the...

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  • Globe Historic District 2

    The first two buildings listed in the Historic Downtown Globe Walking Tour brochure are the McKevitt Building and the International House. The McKevitt Building was built between 1899 and 1906 by C. E. Fruin. The bottom floor housed shops owned by Yugoslavian immigrants. The building next to it (left) is the International House, which was built in...

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  • Globe Historic District

    Globe has a fairly extensive Historic District with over 40 buildings of interest. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since they frequently have the prettiest architecture, I will begin my coverage with the churches. First is the St John's Episcopal Church which was started in 1904 and was built in the Gothic...

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  • Have a Picnic

    There are a few picnic tables by the parking area for Besh Ba Gowah; but there are better tables and barbecue grills in the Globe Botanical Garden.

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  • Globe Botanical Garden

    If you continue on the same trail that leads from the main part of Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park to the Ethnobotanical Garden you will find the Globe Botanical Garden. It features several varieties of cacti and flowers.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Ethnobotanical Garden

    Located right next to Besh Ba Gowah is the Ethnobotanical Garden where you can see some of the plants that were important to the Salado, more roasting pits, and the matate used to grind the grain.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Unexcavated Areas

    In an effort to enhance the learning experience at the park, in addition to the restored areas these areas have been left unexcavated to show what archeologists find when they first unearth a site.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Storage Rooms

    Scattered amongst the larger rooms used for living areas were these smaller windowless rooms used for storage.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Reconstructed Room

    This is a reconstruction of a typical room from Besh Ba Gowah. Typical rooms had little or no windows and a small door. They also had a hatchway in the roof which served as an entranceway, a place for the smoke to get out, and provided natural light.

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  • Central Plaza

    This is the Central Plaza for the Besh Ba Gowah Village. It served as the center of day to day life for the village. Food was prepared here, family and friends socialized here, and ceremonies were held here. It was also the main burial area for the village. Over 150 burial sites were recovered here including the town leaders whose elaborate burial...

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Small Stone Mound

    Another mystery at Besh Ba Gowah is this small stone mound. Large mounds that this have been found at over 40 other sites in South Central Arizona. Some of them were 1 to 2 stories high and supported entire 50 room pueblos. It is believed they may have been used to support the residences of the elite members of the village. What do you suppose was...

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Roasting Pits

    Some of the rooms had these special features; a slab lind pit probably used for storage and roasting of food.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Foundations

    The Salado used three main designs for forming the foundations of their rooms and buildings. The first one was using single row of large flat stones. The second alternated vertical slabs of rock with wooden wall support posts. The third main style combines the first two styles.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Floor Levels

    Scientists can determine what they believe to be the uses for many rooms and sites in places like Besh Ba Gowah, and even why some rooms are constructed the way they are. Features of the rooms, artifacts found in and around them, their placement in the site, even the customs and traditions of todays Native American Tribes can give us clues to the...

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Ceremonial Room

    Of all the rooms excavated at Besh Ba Gowah, this is probably the most interesting. It is the largest room on the site and because of the very unique features, the types of artifacts found inside and the small storage rooms surrounding it, this is believed to be a Ceremonial Room. This is the first Ceremonial Room ever scientifically excavated at a...

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Roof Construction

    The roof of the buildings in Besh Ba Gowah were built using wood logs that were intercrossed then supplemented with yucca fibers and reed mattings. This was then covered over with several layers of mud. The roof was commonly used for food storage, grinding grain, and other activities, especially during the hot summer months.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Recreated Rooms

    There are a few rooms in the largest structure with items inside to show how the rooms may have looked when the Salado lived here.

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  • Besh Ba Gowah Inside Largest Structure

    You can enter the restored largest structure and climb to higher floors via ladders. Originally the structure was three stories high with an access to the roof. Here you can see the inside of the structure. Be careful when using these ladders.

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  • Salado Pottery in Museum

    Besh Ba Gowah has the largest collection of Salado Pottery. The most wide spread form of Salado Pottery is the Gila Polychrome (or multicolored) Pottery. Photo 5 shows a few good examples of the other main type of Salado Pottery, the Roosevelt Black on White Pottery.

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  • See the Visitor's Center/Museum

    Your first stop will be the Visitor's Center where you can pay the entrance fee. They also have a short informative film, a nice museum and gifts and souvenirs you can buy. Photo 1 shows some of the Salado Artifacts found in and around Besh Ba Gowah. Photos 2 and 3 show tools and arrowheads used by the Salado. Photo 4 shows a representation of how...

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  • Besh Ba Gowah

    The first photo here shows the entrance to Besh Ba Gowah. This was originally a long roofed corridor which led to the largest structure and the central plaza. Jewelry, pottery and other artifacts found here indicate the central plaza was one of the main areas for trading and gathering with the other villagers. Photos 2 and 3 show the restored...

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  • Don't Miss Besh Ba Gowah

    One place in the Globe area you should not miss is the Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park. This park shows how archeologists discover, recover and can rebuild sites. They have restored parts of a 1200 Salado Village. While doing the excavation and study of the area they also discovered the remains of a 900 AD Hohokam Settlement. Admission is $3 for...

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Globe Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Nov 22, 2008

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    The ladders at Besh Ba Gowah are not that sturdy. Climb carefully at your own risk. And please remember to stay in designated areas and stay off the walls so future visitors can enjoy this site too.

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