Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sunset Crater Volcano

 
 
Sunset Crater Volcano Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
1. Sunset Crater Volcano Marker
Inscription. The distant San Francisco Peaks would have looked much like they do today. To the east, however, Sunset Crater Volcano would still have been belching black smoke and cinders when the Sinagua and Anasazi lived here. The thick layer of cinders over the sandy soil helped hold moisture, which was beneficial to the growing of crops.

Eventually, even Sunset Crater Volcano grew quiet, and the winds blew the cinders away and dried out the soil.

Why the Lomaki residents departed is not certain. There are indications of disease affecting the population, or a lengthy drought creating a landscape barren of vegetation, animals and firewood. Or invading hostile tribes may have contributed to the abandonment of this area by the mid-1200s.
 
Location. 35° 34.769′ N, 111° 28.1′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on Loop Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monuments. The Visitor Center is 21 miles (34km) from this junction. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daily Life (within shouting distance of this
Sunset Crater Volcano Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
2. Sunset Crater Volcano Marker
marker); Ancient Landscapes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dry Land Farming (about 600 feet away); Box Canyon Ruins (about 700 feet away); A Legacy of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nalakihu (approx. 0.9 miles away); Community (approx. 0.9 miles away); Where Were The Fields? (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Categories. AnthropologyEnvironmentNative Americans
 
Volcanic Cinder Cones image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
3. Volcanic Cinder Cones
Box Canyon Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
4. Box Canyon Ruins
San Francisco Peaks~Mt. Humphreys image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
5. San Francisco Peaks~Mt. Humphreys
Middle Mesa image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
6. Middle Mesa
O'Leary Peak image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
7. O'Leary Peak
Sunset Crater Volcano~Citadel Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
8. Sunset Crater Volcano~Citadel Ruins
Sunset Crater is the far left and The Citadel Ruins just in the center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement