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Coolidge in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Those Who Are Gone

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
1. Those Who Are Gone Marker
Inscription. The Casa Grande is the most prominent remnant of an ancient civilization that once occupied the Salt and Gila River valleys from A.D. 300-1450. Archeologists call these people Hohokam, a Pima word meaning "those who are gone."

The Hohokam were farmers and well adapted to desert living. In prehistoric times, as today, irrigation was the key to desert farming. With simple tools and manual labor, the Hohokam dug hundreds of miles of canals. They maintained extensive trade routes in all directions, receiving goods from hundreds of miles away.

The first European to observe the ruins was Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary. When he visited in 1694, the Casa Grande (Big House), as he named it, had been abandoned for over 250 years. It is not known what happened to the Hohokam. Some archeologists believe that the Hohokam are the ancestors of present day Indian groups. Others believe that the Hohokam gradually left the area due to periods of flooding, decrease in soil productivity, a break up of trade routes, or some combination of these and other events.

Much remains to be known about the Hohokam.
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By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
2. Those Who Are Gone Marker (text)
Even the purpose and use of the Casa Grande are uncertain, but some of its features suggest that it was an observatory, dwelling of a village leader or a religious building. You are invited to explore the mysteries of this ancient Hohokam village at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 0.123′ N, 111° 31.415′ W. Marker is in Coolidge, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is at the intersection of Arizona Route 87 and Arizona Route 287, on the right when traveling north on State Route 87. Click for map. Marker is at a ramada and picnic table on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Coolidge AZ 85128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ghost Town of Adamsville (approx. 4.6 miles away); Granville H. Oury (approx. 6.8 miles away); Chas. D. Poston
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By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
3. Those Who Are Gone Marker
(approx. 7.6 miles away); George-Brockway House (approx. 7.9 miles away); Florence High School (approx. 8 miles away); C.D. Henry House (approx. 8 miles away); Tom Mix & Tony, Jr. (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The National Park Service gives a detailed history of the area and monument along with several photos. (Submitted on June 30, 2010.) 

2. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - A Centennial History of the First Prehistoric Reserve. A National Park Service Publication at the Centennial of the designation as a National Monument. A detailed history with numerous sketches and vintage photos. (Submitted on June 30, 2010.) 

3. Photos of the Casa Grande Ruins. (Submitted on June 30, 2010.)
 
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Casa Grande Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 27, 2010
4. Casa Grande Ruins
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By Bill Kirchner, July 27, 2010
5. Casa Grande Ruins
Site of Those Who Are Gone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 26, 2010
6. Site of Those Who Are Gone Marker
 
 
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