Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Time of Change
When a volcanic eruption occurred near what is now Flagstaff, Arizona, people lost homes and lands they had cultivated for at least 400 years. A major life events for locals, the eruption was also visible to large population centers across the Southwest. Many people knew something significant had happened.
In the decades that followed, sparsely inhabited areas like Walnut Canyon and nearby Wupatki became densely settled.
By 1150, clustered communities replaced scattered farming hamlets - the result of displacement by the eruption, immigration of new families, growth of the local population, or all of these. Trade networks expanded and society became more complex as people, goods, and ideas converged.
Across the landscapes of the San Francisco Peaks, society flourished as people tried living together in larger numbers.
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Nearby Sunset Crater was formed by an eruption sometime between 1040 and 1100, prior to the major settlement of Walnut Canyon.
Some other villages settled during the 1100s at nearby Wupatki National Monument and Elden Pueblo in Flagstaff.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 10.274′ N, 111° 30.542′ W. Click for map. Marker is along the trail leading from the visitor center to the Island Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff AZ 86004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cliff Homes and Canyon Life (within shouting distance of this marker); A Complex Community (within shouting distance of this marker); A Ribbon of Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Tension and Harmony (within shouting distance of this marker); Migration is not abandonment. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Perfect Shelter (about 500 feet away); Departure (about 500 feet away); What Happened Here? (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Also see . . . Walnut Canyon National Monument. (Submitted on November 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.