Posted on May 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Chimney Rock, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
House passes bill to establish southern Colorado landmark with bipartisan support
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Chimney Rock, a southwest Colorado landmark that once marked the ultimate outlier of the ancient Chaco culture, is one big step closer to gaining national monument status.
The U.S. House this week passed the Chimney Rock National Monument Establishment Act with support from both sides of the aisle. The bill was introduced by Republican Congressman Scott Tipton, with a companion measure pending in the Senate, cosponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall.
“Today’s bipartisan House vote is an important step toward designating Chimney Rock as a national monument, and I applaud Congressman Tipton for his leadership,” Bennet said. (more…)
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Posted on May 17, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
The Chimney Rock archaeological area, near Pagosa Springs, may get National Monument status to help with preservation. Photo by Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group and the Colorado Tourism Office.
Chacoan culture site near Durango listed as one of Colorado’s most endangered historical places; U.S. Sen. Bennet to testify on the national monument proposal
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It was the ultimate outlier of Chacoan culture, a place where every 18 years, priests gathered to watch the moon rise between two pillars of rock. About 1,000 years ago, ancestral Native Americans built more than 200 homes and ceremonial structures on the high mesa west of present-day Pagosa Springs, more than 1,000 feet above arable land and water sources. Then, suddenly, in 1125 A.D. they abandoned the Chimney Rock settlement, perhaps subject to a mega-drought, or invasions by other tribes. (more…)
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