Montezuma Castle National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce
Beaver Creek has always been a major focus of life in the Verde Valley. Prehistoric Sinagua farmers constructed Montezuma Castle and other structures near the creek. They dug ditches to carry creek water to irrigate the fields of corn, beans, squash, and cotton they cultivated on flat patches of creek-bottom land. They also hunted animals attracted by the creek, and gathered creekside plants.
Ever-sensitive to the moods of Beaver Creek – because their lives literally depended on it – the Sinagua watched their lifeline change with the seasons. Sometimes – seemingly in the blink of an eye – the gentle, clear meander grew into a raging, muddy torrent, leaving debris stranded high in creekside trees.
For Montezuma Castle's Sinagua residents, there was no dropping by the market to pickup a last-minute staple or two. If plants were needed, the Sinagua either had to grow them or find them already growing. An ancient tradition of living off the land taught them how, when, and where. Look for markers along the trail that identify some of the plants the Sinagua used. [Marker show Hackberry, Arizona sycamore, and Yucca]
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Click for map. Markers are along the walking trail leading from the visitor center. Marker is at or near this postal address: Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures (within shouting distance of this marker); The People Next Door (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way Up / Construction Sequence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Community (about 400 feet away); Welcome to The Castle (about 500 feet away); Macaw Pen Stone? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Verde State Historic Park (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Also see . . . Montezuma Castle National Monument. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Environment • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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