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Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Tension and Harmony

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2010
1. Tension and Harmony Marker
Inscription.

With its steep and sheer walls, Walnut Canyon provided homebuilding advantages along with controlled access. Living here, people were situated to monitor their world. This was not uncommon; most villages of the time had some form of passive defense and line-of-sight communication.

Horizontal ledges served as pathways connecting home to home, such as those visible across the canyon. Game trails, natural breaks, and side canyons were the avenues linking the rim to the canyon floor.

People also built trails, complete with graded switchbacks.

"...a stratum of rock, softer than those above, had been hollowed out by the action of time....The over-hanging cliff made a foot two hundred feet thick. The hard stratum was an everlasting floor. Thus the houses stood along in a row, like the buildings in a city block, or like a barracks."
Willa Cather describing a visit to Walnut Canyon, in Song of the Lark, 1912
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 10.26′ N, 111° 30.565′ W. Marker is in Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is along the trail leading from the visitor center to the Island Trail. Marker is at or
Image on Tension and Harmony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Micheal Hampshire and Tom Bean, undated
2. Image on Tension and Harmony Marker
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); A Time of Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Migration is not abandonment. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Perfect Shelter (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Departure (about 400 feet away); What Happened Here? (about 500 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 Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentNative Americans
 
Tension and Harmony Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2010
3. Tension and Harmony Marker
Tension and Harmony Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2010
4. Tension and Harmony Marker
Hollowed Rock Stratum in Walnut Canyon image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2010
5. Hollowed Rock Stratum in Walnut Canyon
Rock Houses Under Restoration image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 8, 2010
6. Rock Houses Under Restoration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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