Category Archives: monuments

102-acre Coolidge development near Casa Grande Ruins put on hold

[Source: Sean Higgins, Casa Grande Dispatch] — Plans for an area development to have residential and commercial buildings near Casa Grande Ruins National Monument were unveiled for the Coolidge City Council, which postponed action on the matter pending decisions on the height of buildings. “This will be a nice addition to Coolidge,” Mayor Tom Shope said. If approved, the project would be off North Arizona Boulevard, encompassing about 102 acres. “It will really respond to the needs of the area,” Senior Project Manager Nick Labadie of Rose Law Group said Aug. 25. “It will be a great gateway for the city of Coolidge.” He said it would “respect the area and heritage of the Ruins.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Organ Pipe archaeology job announcement

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is recruiting for an archaeologist at Organ Pipe in Ajo, Arizona.

Major duties:
The incumbent serves as the cultural resource (CR) program manager for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI) under the vanishing treasures program. The CR program manager is responsible for conducting site assessments, systematic site condition monitoring, National Register evaluations, field inspections, and data collection and analyses for specific historic structures at ORPI. The incumbent records and evaluates site condition, including architectural stability and nature and extent of environmental and human impacts, threats and disturbances. Independently researches and collects site preservation records and compiles them into site preservation history reports. Incorporates monitoring and ruins preservation field data into original, professional quality final reports.

Monitors construction or other ground disturbing activities to ensure protection and preservation of cultural resources. The incumbent serves as ORPI’s cultural resource technical expert for compliance with pertinent federal laws and policies. Also conducts site surveys, prepares compliance reports and memoranda, and assists in consultations with Native American tribes and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Through government to government relationships, the incumbent will consult with tribes on cultural issues that affect the tribe’s connection with ORPI, including identifying traditional cultural places, and researching the tribe’s ethnographic ties to the area. The incumbent will also work with the natural resources, maintenance and interpretation divisions to help maintain and preserve monument resources and improve visitors’ appreciation for cultural resources of ORPI. Incumbent will be supervised by the Chief of Science, Cultural and Resource Management.

Area information:
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in the Sonoran desert in southwestern Arizona. Headquarters is 34 miles south of Ajo, Arizona and 5 miles north of the Mexican border. This dramatic desert park is a spectacular assortment of mountains, canyons, cactus forests, hidden tinajas, incredible sunsets and sunrises. Organ Pipe is a winter paradise and surprisingly very lush and green. Daytime temperatures range from as high as 110+ degrees in the summer to 60-70 degrees in the winter. Grade school through high school, medical clinic, house rentals, churches and limited shopping are located in Ajo. There is very affordable housing available in Ajo and the town of Why. The general population is approximately 2500 people. Full service facilities and shopping are available in Phoenix or Tucson, approximately 150 miles from the Monument. The staff of this park will warm your heart as much as the sunsets!

Salary range: 45,040.00 – 70,843.00
Closing date: May 28, 2008
Series & grade: GS-0193-09/11
Position information: Full-Time, permanent

For more information and to apply click here.

Payson’s Tonto Monument ruins yield fresh clues to ancient mystery

[Source: Payson Roundup] — Like the poppies proliferating beneath the brooding 800-year-old ruin, research into some absorbing archeological mysteries has bloomed at Tonto National Monument. Many Payson residents looking for spring flowers, fishing on the revitalized Roosevelt Lake or diverted by the closed Beeline Highway have rediscovered the 1,100-acre, 100-year-old national monument about 50 miles from their doorstep.

When they arrive, visitors browse through the small visitor’s center, climb the steep trail with its panoramic views, and stand in the mud and stone ruins abandoned so mysteriously in the 1400s. But few casual visitors realize that after dozing in the scientific shade for a century, the monument researchers now find themselves perched with a view of vital questions about human cultures stretching back 10,000 years. After spending most of its long history curating artifacts and keeping visitors from destroying the ruins, the park now has two archeologists on staff and deep questions to explore.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Tom Brossart, Payson Roundup.]

Phoenix’s Hunt’s Tomb meeting, Papago Park

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office] — HP and Parks staff met, along with a representative from the State Historic Preservation Office, at the site of Hunt’s Tomb in Papago Park to discuss possible rehabilitation work to the 1930s high-profile pyramidal memorial which is in deteriorating condition due to a 1960s outer tile layer which is detaching from the monument and causing some water damage to the structure. Site improvements to improve access, seating and lighting are also proposed. Some private funds are available for the project, but additional funds will be needed to complete the project. It was determined that the City would pursue additional funding, including state centennial related grants, and would more fully investigate the possibility of restoring the original tile exteriors of the monument (now buried underneath a 1960s deteriorated outer layer).

Prescott landscape architect’s design to honor Navajo Code Talkers

[Source: Native American Times] — What makes memorial art monumental isn’t bronze, marble or eternal flames. It’s the power it has to evoke fitting remembrance of those it venerates. How to do this for Arizona Navajo Code Talkers whose unbreakable military code helped secure United States victory in some of World War II’s most famous battles? And how to do it with landscape? These were the questions Landscape Architect Barnabas Kane pondered when he sat down to design the landscape portion of the Navajo Code Talkers Monument, a state memorial project scheduled to be erected in downtown Phoenix Feb. 28.

Kane’s project aims to honor the Arizonans among more than 400 Navajo code talkers who developed the code and used it to transmit orders, troop movements and military tactics in every US Marine Corps assault in the war’s Pacific theater between 1942 and 1945, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. They based the code on the highly symbolic spoken Navajo language, to which they added encrypted vocabulary that made the code one of the only ones skilled Japanese code-breakers never demystified. The Navajo Code Talkers Monument, a project approved by the state legislature in 2003, is to be placed in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, part of the State Capital complex that’s home to similar memorials for state and national historic figures. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]