Did you know?? In our history snippet, let me tell you a bit about the early Indians who lived here, about 1200 to 600 years ago, the Dragoons Culture. They were a bit like the Anasazi or the Hohokam tribes, but enough different that they merited their own name, the Dragoons Culture. They were agriculturalists, and lived in villages, one of which was about ¼ mile east of my house. We don’t know exactly where it was, because about 40 years ago the University of Arizona Archeology Department came and dug it out, took what they needed, and then buried it all again, so we can’t be sure. I like to think of them living here in their lovely world, without wires, technology, stomach ulcers, and the confusion of our world. On the other hand, they probably died at age 30 and I bet the women had to work mighty hard! We see evidence of their labors in the bed rock mortars, those deep, narrow holes in the granite, where they sat and ground corn and acorns to make flour for their meals. One wonders how long their teeth lasted, after they ate the tortillas with all that granite ground into the flour! But maybe if you died at 30, it didn’t matter?
They left here, suddenly and without any evident reason that we can tell. It might have been a 40 year drought, or it might have been the Apaches who were gradually moving down from the north. Who knows? One of the mysteries of history.