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You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.

Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Casa Grande National Monument, Coolidge, Arizona

The Casa Grande National Monument in Arizona features the Casa Grande, a “Great House” of the Hohokam people that lived in the Gila Valley from approximately 300 CE to 1450 CE. The Casa Grande is one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North American and the structure’s purpose remains mysterious despite extensive archaeological excavation. Archeologists have discovered evidence that the ancient Sonoran Desert people who built the Casa Grande also developed wide-scale irrigation farming and extensive trade connections which lasted over a thousand years. Needless to say, it carries powerful intrigue for the modern-day visitor. Walk around the Casa Grande structure and wander the desert landscape that surrounds the site to expose yourself to the mystery of America’s ancient human history.

 Casa Grande now has a distinctive modern roof covering built in 1932.  The ramada was built to shelter the ruins from weathering by Boston architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.  In the early 21st century, a pair of Great horned owls took up residence in the rafters of the Olmsted shelter. Due to the fragile nature of the "Great House", visitors to the site are not permitted inside. Observation is permitted outside the structure only for visitors to protect its integrity.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument was the first cultural and prehistoric site to be protected by the United States government. It was set aside in June 22, 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison.  It was redesignated a national monument by Woodrow Wilson on August 3, 1918. As with all historical areas administered by the National Park Service, Casa Grande was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

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