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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Besh Ba Gowah, Globe, Arizona

While we were at Tonto, we were chatting with another couple, and they mentioned the Besh Ba Gowah ruins in Globe.     They're a bit off the main route, so we had never seen any signs, but they're worth seeking out if you're in the area.

The site is run by the city, and they have a tiny museum.  You can watch an orientation video (worth it), and they have a room filled with finds from the ruins.    There's a great collection of pottery, in really good shape - it's definitely worth checking out.

These ruins are also Salado, but are larger than Tonto, probably housing a couple hundred people.   Sadly, they were excavated before WWII, and were abruptly abandoned due to the war, so there has been some decay of the walls.     They have rebuilt a few things to give you an idea of the scale.   (And how dark it was inside those dwellings - I had really no idea.)

This is definitely a neat little place - I highly recommend it to anyone that makes it out to Globe.

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