The Galisteo Basin and Cerrillos Hills

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The Galisteo Basin and the Cerrillos Hills, an ancient seabed ringed by ancient volcanic upheavals, are located in Central New Mexico. The region has been occupied for thousands of years. The oldest known turquoise mines in North America, as well as the earliest significant gold strike in North America, can be found in this region. The town of Galisteo was founded in 1617, while Los Cerrillos got its start as a railroad stop and regional center in 1880. Archaeological work on eight major Pueblo ruins was initiated in 1912 by Nels Nelson of the American Museum of Natural History. Many photographs from his expedition are found in this book, with several of them never having been published before. Also included are images of Cerrillos Hills mining in 1880; again, some of these photographs have never been previously published.
ISBN: 9781467127189
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Mexico
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Paul R. Secord is a 1972 graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in anthropology and geology. After a career in Southern California as an environmental planning consultant specializing in historic and cultural resources, he now calls New Mexico home. He is the author of Arcadia Publishing's Albuquerque Deco and Pueblo, Santa Fe's Historic Hotels, Pecos, and Bandelier National Monument. Homer E. Milford is a former University of New Mexico professor and was the environmental coordinator of the Abandoned Mine Land Bureau, State of New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department; he is considered to be the foremost authority on mining history in the American Southwest.
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