The Verde Salt Mine and The Importance of Salt Through History

Imagine with me for a moment, you’re a miner, in the 1920s. Your employer has commissioned you and your fellow workers to dig extensive tunnels beneath the rocky ground of the Verde Valley. Somewhere, in the midst of your work, as you trace through the rich layers of salt, you find it—a body! This body, …

The Hohokam Pipette and Possible Mesoamerican Connection

The American Southwest is replete with the tales and mysteries of an ancient people, as told through their enigmatic rock-writing, also known as, the petroglyph. From these ancient peoples, one culture differentiates itself from its prehistoric brethren in a number of ways; one of these being their motifs, such as the somewhat unsettling, “pipette.” Pipettes, …

The Cibecue Creek Mutiny and Massacre

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Cibecue Creek, a tributary to the Salt River, in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, from which flows the beautiful Cibecue Falls. Did you know, however, these tranquil waters were host to a bloody massacre in the latter 1800s? In the years leading to this night, following …

The Legendary Kakaka of the Yavapai

To the Prehistoric (and perhaps some modern) Yavapai, many of the ancient sites of the Verde Valley, particularly in Sedona, were the dwelling places of the Legendary Kakaka, that is, ‘Little Indians.’ These Little Indians, they believed, were the originators of their songs and dances, having taught them everything. It was said they had the …

Ancient Cobblestone Dwelling

Hidden under a large alcove, in a canyon flanking a major Arizona river, you find this beautiful ancient site. Today, two rooms comprise the main structure. Between the Southern and Northern rooms, you’ll notice that almost nothing remains of the rafters that once supported the second floor—in fact, there are no timbers in the southern …

The Mysterious Columns of Crowley Lake, California.

Imagine this: you’re walking along the shore—sand shifts between your toes as a cool breeze comes off the water. You turn your head to the nearby bluffs. As the golden light of the setting sun slowly crawls under the overhangs adorning the beach, something catches your gaze. Many dozens of Ancient Columns, some reaching twenty …

My Favorite Sedona Ruins

If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you undoubtedly are familiar with my love for Sedona. While it may be a world-famous tourist destination, it’s a great place to escape the crowds—and actually, if you go far enough into any Sedona canyon, you are unlikely to see anyone. But beyond the views …