outdoors

Before Us.

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Stopped by to visit Montezuma’s Well just 45 minutes from our home and just had to post some pics of the nieghborhood that has been around for a while.

Native peoples started living in the region about 2000 years ago. The Verde River and Beaver Creek — two principle waterways in the Verde Valley — ebb and flow as the seasons change. So it was with native peoples. They arrived, lived and cultivated, then after several hundred years seemingly vanished overnight.

Archeologists suspect that the first permanent settlers in the valley were the Hohokam, a Pima word for “all used up.” These resourceful farmers arrived in the area around 600 AD and lived in one-room houses made of poles, sticks and mud.

 

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a 1,000 year old irrigation ditch that is still in use by local residents today!

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