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As legend has it, The Columbine Bar was established in 1910, and continues to be one of the oldest operating bars in Colorado. In 1948 it was described in the Mancos Times as "an old bar run by old timers." It has always had a rather notorious rep…
Has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United states Department of the Interior
January 9, 1988.
Placed on the
of Historic Places
January 27, 1988.
This plaque was purchased and dedicated …
With thanks and appreciation to Pete and Yvonne Doerfer for loaning the following items:
For display only - please do not climb on this equipment.
1892 Horse-Drawn Pull Grader
J.D. Adams invented the first successful leaning-wheel pull grad…
Dance PlazaThough the large alcove below is filled with Puebloan construction, there is no evidence of any habitation. The central pit - too large for domestic cook fires - held layer upon layer of ashes. Fire Temple's size and carefully crafted, …
Imagine this mesa top in A.D. 1150 with fields of corn, beans, and squash; supplemented with wild plants such as amaranth, tubers, and sunflowers. Children could be seen watering corn with clay water jars (ollas), and young men could be seen cutti…
As you travel about Mesa Verde look for seep springs — ready sources of fresh water for the Ancestral Puebloans.
Where is the Water?Moisture, in the form of rainfall or snowmelt, percolates through porous sandstone layers until it reaches…
The rocks that house Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings have their own stories to tell.
DepositionDuring the late Cretasceous period (about 90 million years ago) much of North America, including southwest Colorado and the present Rocky Mountains, was…
The town of Mancos, in the valley before you, historically served as the "Gateway to Mesa Verde."
As word spread of the Wetherills' "discoveries," tourists flocked to the area. The Rio Grande Southern Railroad, serving Durano, Mancos, and Dolor…
Yucca House National Monument Dec. 19, 1919. A fine example of a valley pueblo being held by National Park Service
Adapting to AlcovesTo level the sloping alcove floor, the Anasazi filled in behind retaining walls. The altered floor not only supported rooms but also provided working space and a safe play area for children.
Oak Tree House appears to utilize…