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The Wetherills: Friends of Mesa Verde

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Following in the wake of what one noted scientist called 'transients who neither revered nor cared for the ruins as symbols of the past, ' the Wetherill family became the earliest students of Mesa Verde. Their careful excavations and record-keeping helped preserve key information, leading to a deeper understanding of the people who built and occupied the cliff dwellings. A ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Durango Herald Small Press
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Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an awkwardly written but serviceable account of the Wetherill family and their exploration of the area now preserved as Mesa Verde National Park and Ute Mountain Tribal Park in southwestern Colorado. Amateur historian Blackburn is obviously a partisan of the Wetherills and offers a determined defense against the charges of irresponsible exploitation of archaeological sites which have followed the family for well over a century. His argument is more than justified because the Wetherills h ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The title of Fred Blackburn’s new book, The Wetherills, Friends of Mesa Verde (Durango Herald, 2006) reflects both the family’s participation in the Society of Friends (Quakers) and their long affinity for the canyons, ruins, and relics of what is now Mesa Verde National Park and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park near Cortez, Colorado.

Combining Wetherill family collections of letters, photographs, and field notes with newspaper articles, National Park Service archives, and personal experience in the
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