Near Fredonia in Mohave County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
When the Good Grass Goes
— Pipe Spring National Monument —
—Clarence Dutton, U.S. Geological Survey
High-desert grasses once covered the range before you, as far as the eye could see. For centuries Paiute people made the tiny seeds of those native grasses a staple of their diet. Even the animals hunted by the Kaibab Paiute, like grouse, rabbits, or antelope, lived on the nutrient-rich grass.
Then in the 1860s thousands of sheep and cattle were put on the range to take advantage of this sea of grass. Without warning, a 10-year period of cooler moist weather ended. Scarce rain and snow, combined with overgrazing, changed all the lives that had depended on the good grass — for the worse.
Tumbleweeds and sagebrush symbolize the West for many people today. These plants take over damaged rangelands, like the Arizona Strip, and displace the native grasses.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 36° 51.784′ N, 112° 44.423′ W. Marker is near Fredonia, Arizona, in Mohave County. Marker can be reached from North Pipe Spring Road, 0.3 miles north of Arizona Route 389, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the park grounds trail in Pipe Spring National Monument, near the west side of West Cabin. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 North Pipe Spring Road, Fredonia AZ 86022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 995 Miles of Wire (a few steps from this marker); Yoowuv' (a few steps from this marker); How Can 10 Million Gallons of Water a Year Suddenly Appear in a Stony Desert? (within shouting distance of this marker); Moamop' (within shouting distance of this marker); Pipe Springs National Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Good Drink of Water (about 300 feet away); Skoomp (about 300 feet away); Boulders to Building Blocks (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredonia.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Pipe Spring National Monument
Also see . . . When the Good Grass Goes. (A National Park Service link for this marker.) (Submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3. submitted on May 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.