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View Diary: The Dkos Tour Series: Chaco Canyon, Part 1 of 2 (36 comments)

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  •  Glad to see these, Rich (4+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, Aunt Pat, kurt, ybruti

    Haven't yet made it to Chaco. But I will.

    For now, your diaries will fly me there.

    As you note, Chaco was first protected as a National Monument, when Teddy Roodevelt used the brand new Antiquities Act to give permanent protection to Chaco and other historic, cultural, and scenic wonders in our national treasure chest of public lands.

    Roosevelt set a great example for the presidents who followed him, almost all of whom used this power to designate national monuments when Congress refused to act to so.

    Sound familiar?

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:19:37 PM PST

    •  yep, sounds familiar. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      and your pivotal point is just that, willyr, pivotal. My question is this: Why was not Glen Canyon protected under this same common sense law? Over 3,000 archeological ruins were destroyed by Dominy, et al., and by God or by Buddha, the damn Bureau of Reclamation knew this beforehand. Yet nada. I mean, the protection. Of course, Wetherill, et al., absconded with a great deal of Native American artifacts here, as well as Mesa Verda, and scores of other sites he plundered. . .before he God "archeological religion." Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed the virtual tour, and as you said. . .these diaries help get you there. One of these days you will be there in person. Thanks, again, for your comments. . .relative, as always.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:49:20 PM PST

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