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After a short drive in his pickup, the retired power-company lineman from nearby Borger led us up a steep, winding trail cut by modern-day Navajo trail builders from Arizona.
Hillsides along the trail were rust-red sandstone freckled with white dolomite, a rock similar to limestone. With a brilliant blue sky as backdrop, the striking red, white and blue terrain was a pleasant surprise to my Chicago companion, who favorably compared the isolated area to other national parks he had visited.
It surprised me, too. I was wrong. Inafter the Plains Indians were forcibly removed from the Panhandle, a couple of enterprising Bostonians, W.
Escorf ranch raised longhorn cattle and eventually grew to more thanacres, extending from Palo Duro Canyon to the female escorts in sydney in fence near present-day Dumas. InOklahoma geologist Charles Gould came to the ranch searching for oil and gas. For some reason Bates was living in a dugout gouged into the side of a ravine, so Gould named the ravine and nearby features after the cowboy, shortening the name to "Alibates.
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Our hilltop destination was a group of small quarries where, or years ago, skilled men and women worked flint into tools and weapons revered for their sharpness and efficiency. Flint is a dense form of quartz.
The qllie are shallow pits littered with rock shards — red, free sex turangi chat rooms, purple, maroon, white and multicolored — that were the detritus of carefully chiseled spear points, scrapers, drills, awls, knives and hammers. Smooth, workable Alibates flint could cut deeply into the flesh of bison and other edible animals and was more durable than similar tools made of bone, wood or shell.
The finished products were so prized that the so-called Antelope Creek People were able to trade them for shells from the Pacific coast, dried fish satna the Gulf of Mexico and santa furs from the Rocky Mountains. As a gentle hilltop breeze kept things cool, the three of us stared down at a quarry that native people had worked until sometime before the Liverpool escort listings escort Coronado came through the area in Close to a thousand allies have been found within the monument area.
Mihm explained that long before the Antelope Delphi falls ny housewives personals People arrived, the Canadian River Valley was inhabited by the Clovis culture, paleo-Americans using flint 6, years before the wheel was invented, 7, years before the Egyptians constructed the Great Pyramid, and 9, years before the birth of Allje.
Following the Clovis people were the Folsom people, who, like the Clovis, were big-game hunters who stalked the giant bison.
In the 7th and 8th centuries AD, the Antelope Creek People settled along the bluffs and tributaries of the Canadian, where they built villages of single-story apartments made of dolomite masonry linked together in a contiguous line. Mihm conducts sex personals pindall arkansas of village ruins every Friday in October. Comanches and Apaches arrived soon afterward.
We trooped down from the quarries about noon.
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My Chicago companion headed west toward Santa Fe and a reunion with his girlfriend, who was celebrating her victory over cancer by running a marathon in Seattle. Not ready to leave the area esperance ny adult personals an area that felt haunted, as it were, in a good way — Edcort strolled along a winding trail through scrub vegetation not far from the visitors center.
My destination was a large, rectangular-shaped limestone rock lying flat on the ground near the narrow, red-tinged Canadian. When I found it, I noticed that early-morning dew congealed into ice had partially filled a perfectly rounded cylinder worn into the scarred, gray escott.
Thanks to Mihm, I knew what I was looking at. It was a metate, a rscort the Antelope Creek People relied on more than a thousand years ago for grinding corn and seed.
Like the quarries on the nearby hills, the stone artifact was mute evidence of a vibrant culture, one of skilled men and women who lived, died and disappeared long ago. I walked over to the river, the banks lined with portia paris escort marsh grass, the water flowing gently toward a distant mesa.
I saw no one, heard no one.
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