Escalante Pueblo Kiva

Escalante Pueblo Kiva

On our way from Moab, Utah to Durango, Colorado we stopped at the Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, Colorado. We were especially interested in their special exhibit, “Trowels, Trading Posts, and Travelers: The Wetherill Family.” We learned that all the Wetherills were involved in southwest trading posts: 1897 Al and Clayton in Chaco Canyon, 1898 Richard and Marietta also in Chaco Canyon, 1900 John and Louisa Ojo Alamo, Win in Tiz-Nat Zin, 1902 Al partners in Thoreau, 1902 Win purchases Two Grey Hills, 1910 John and Louisa open a trading post in Kayenta and more. Members of the family discovered important southwest locations such as Cliff Palace (Al in 1887) and Rainbow Bridge (John 1909). Many interesting people visited John and Louisa including Teddy Roosevelt and Zane Grey. It is also very interesting how this family related positively with the Native population. Other exhibits at the Center were well done, too.

We had lunch on the grounds and then walked a half-mile to the Escalante Pueblo with great views of the recently completed McPhee Reservoir and surrounding mountains such as Sleeping Ute Mountain, Colorado. The Anasazi Heritage Center is well worth a visit.

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