Southwest American Indian Ruins
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Square Tower House Ruin (page 2 of 2)

Historical 1920 photo of the 4 story stone tower, by George Lytle Beam.  Published on the Cupola website with the gracious permission of the Western History / Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library.

Historic View of the Square Tower House Ruin
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

The famed four story tower in this 13th century Anasazi ruin was originally just the back part of a pueblo that stepped up to meet its fourth floor.  Most of the front portion of the pueblo collapsed long ago, leaving the rear to tower majestically over the remaining ruins.  A couple of even higher "crow's nest" rooms are visible in the crevice at the upper right-hand corner of this image.  George Lytle Beam took this photograph of the ruin in 1920.  It is published here with the gracious permission of the Western History / Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library, which maintains an exceptional collection of Western historical images.
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