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Montezuma Castle National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce

 
 
Lifeline Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
1. Lifeline Marker
Inscription.  

Lifeline

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.

Prehistoric Produce

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
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plants the Sinagua used. [Marker show Hackberry, Arizona sycamore, and Yucca]
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyEnvironmentSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 34° 36.688′ N, 111° 50.564′ W. Marker is in Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Markers are along the walking trail leading from the visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 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); Chaves Historic Trail (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montezuma Castle National Monument.
 
Also see . . .  Montezuma Castle National Monument. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Prehistoric Produce Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
2. Prehistoric Produce Marker
 
Lifeline Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
3. Lifeline Marker
Beaver Creek in background, looking south.
Beaver Creek View from Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
4. Beaver Creek View from Marker
Looking southwest
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 922 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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