Welcome to The Castle - Camp Verde AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 34° 36.718 W 111° 50.463
12S E 422891 N 3830334
Quick Description: Pause a few moments to enjoy this view of Montezuma Castle. Don't you suppose it must have stopped the settlers and soldiers who first saw the cliff-dwelling over a century ago?
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 11/18/2020 8:08:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM13DX5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
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Long Description:
Welcome to The Castle-Montezuma Castle National Monument-Pause a few moments to enjoy this view of Montezuma Castle. Don't you suppose it must have stopped the settlers and soldiers who first saw the cliff-dwelling over a century ago?

The odd name came from a mistaken belief that the cliff-dwelling was a castle Aztec refugees had built for their emperor. We know now that Montezuma never strayed this far north from his home in Mexico, but the name has stuck.

Why did a community of prehistoric farmers choose this particular alcove high in the north wall of Beaver Creek for their home? For protection from the elements? The benefits of day-long solar heat afforded by its southern exposure? Defensibility against intruders? Tradition? The view? Or perhaps a combination of these theories?

From the National Park Service-Established December 8, 1906, Montezuma Castle is the third National Monument dedicated to preserving Native American culture. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
Marker Name: Welcome to The Castle

Type of history commemorated: Place

County: Yavapai

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
National Park Service


Year placed: 1990

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