Friday, April 1, 2011
Casa Grande Ruins
The National Park Service does a wonderful job of giving historical information about its monuments. We really enjoy learning something first about what we are about to look at. We appreciate any introductory videos that are presented to give an overall history of the site. We enjoy looking at the artifacts and the explanations about them. This site, in Coolidge, AZ, about a half an hour from Casa Grande, was an enjoyable learning experience. I think kids might find it boring, however...it's us "boomers" that are motivated to view history and older (only in age!), retired teachers who want to still learn new things, that keep us going to local history places of interest.
We also found out that our current day environment is affecting the water table in this area. It has receded even deeper into the earth...from 30 feet below the surface in 1930 to 100 feet below today, killing the mesquite trees and other vegetation at this site....a little disheartening to know that how we are living today and using our resources is even affecting our historical sites that we are trying to preserve!
Overall, the tour did not take us much more than half an hour to see the whole thing. As we could use Eldy's senior pass, that was a nice bonus--to get in free.....tomorrow, we head to a really interesting place in Mesa, AZ....see you there!