Arizona as it is: Or, The Coming Country. Comp. from Notes of Travel During the Years 1874-1875, and 1876

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Hurd and Houghton, 1877 - Arizona - 273 pages
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Page 179 - ... checker boards, some camels and dromedaries, insects, snakes, turtles, etc., etc. ; and on the other broken rocks at the base of the ledge, are found on all sides like sculptured figures, some of which are deeply imbedded in the sand. These pictured rocks present much of interest to the thinking mind, and when examined by some one versed in hieroglyphical reading, may lie found to give some clue to the time of making and the people who made them.
Page 182 - About 2 miles west of Florence, on the north side of the river, between the homes of Mr. Stiles and Mr. Long, is a stretch of hard, stony land, through which another of the large irrigating canals was cut, and where, for several hundred yards, one can ride on horseback in the canal, which is yet so deep one can not look over its banks on either side, when sitting on his horse.
Page 185 - Near the center of this town are the ruins of the largest building yet discovered. Its ground measurement is 350 feet by 150 feet, with outer walls, moats, embankments, and reservoirs outside the main walls, and ruins of smaller buildings in all directions. "On the line of the branch canals, distant many miles from this one, are other ruins of towns similar to the others described. Below the great canal and the large ruin described, extending through what is called the Tempe settlement, are other...
Page 184 - ... reservoir fifty yards to the south. Several other large reservoirs are at different points in and around the main town, which was over two miles in extent. "A large irrigating canal runs to the south of the large building, which was from twenty-five to fifty feet wide. This canal took the water from the Salt River eight miles above, and can be easily traced for twenty miles or more below. * * * The largest of the old irrigating canals visited and examined by the author is some twenty-five miles...
Page 191 - Bowers, there was a very large ruin of astone building, which was one hundred and sixty feet square. From the debris of this building, a large double stone house, one smaller one, and much stone wall have been erected, and there yet remains on one side, a pile of debris four or five feet in height. On the hills around are many other old stone ruins, as well as on the summits of high mountains in every direction, and for long distances.
Page 185 - On the line of the branch canals, distant many miles from this one, are other ruins of towns similar to the others described. Below the great canal and the large ruin described, extending- through what is called the Tempe settlement, are other irrigating canals of nearly equal size to the others, and which were taken out of the river many miles below the large one mentioned, and along there are also the ruins of great houses and towns.
Page 184 - ... or gain an inch of grade to the mile. The largest of the old irrigating canals, visited and examined by the author, is some twenty-five miles above Phoenix, on the south side of Salt River, near the point where the river emerges from the mountains. This one, for eight miles after leaving the river, is fully fifty feet wide. For this distance it runs in a southwest course through hard, stony ground, and enters on a vast stretch of mesa or tableland...
Page 23 - In the lateral chapel of the Virgin, there is a cross of small pieces of ironwood, imbedded in cement, on which there was formerly a sculptured figure of Christ. Within the body of the church there are in all over fifty pieces of sculpture, most of which are grand and beautiful, perfect in form, feature, and position. In two of the angles of the main arch, there are two most beautiful statues, representing angels, which tradition states are portraits of the two daughters of the artist who decorated...
Page 98 - Territory, with a capital of one million dollars, divided into one hundred thousand shares of ten dollars each. President, Hon. CC Bean ; Secretary and Assayer, VW Blake : Office, Prescott, AT When this mine was located its fortunate discoverers were, in mining phraseology,
Page 183 - Six miles east from Phoenix, and two miles from the Hellings mill, now owned by Major CH Vail, are the ruins of a large town, near the center of which is one very large building, 275 feet long and 130 feet wide. The debris of this building forms a mound which rises thirty feet above the surrounding plain. The walls are standing about ten feet in height and are fully six feet thick. There seem to have been several cross-walls, and the whole was surrounded by an outer wall, which on the south side...

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