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Mesa Verde National Park Main Entrance Road, Cortez, Montezuma County, CO



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Item Title
Road View At Sun Point Area, Facing Sse.

Location
Cortez vicinity, CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CO-79
Building/structure dates: 1906 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1927 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1955 subsequent work
Significance: The main entrance road largely evolved from the earliest surveyed wagon route into the park (1907-1908) into a standard roadway as a result of NPS-BPR aesthetic and engineering collaboration. CCC contributions assisted in preserving the landscape qualities so that the road was built to lie "lightly on the land."

Subjects
Indians Of North America
Roads
Transportation


Related Names
National Park Service
Bureau Of Public Roads
Colorado Cliff Dwellers Association
Roosevelt, Pres. Theodore
Rudolph, Supt. Hans
Mills, George
Horton, Tonia Woods, Historian
Grogan, Brian C., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF MESA VERDE FROM CORTEZ VALLEY, FACING SE.
2. BEGINNING OF MESA VERDE ROAD AT INTERCHANGE WITH HIGHWAY 163, FACING S.
3. OLD ROUTE 163 SOUTH OF INTERCHANGE WITH SIGN, FACING W.
4. PARK ENTRANCE SIGN, FACING S.
5. PARK ENTRANCE SIGN, FACING S.
6. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SIGN AT HIGHWAY 160, FACING NNW.
7. ENTRANCE STATION, FACING WSW.
8. ENTRANCE STATION, FACING SSW.
9. ENTRANCE STATION, FACING NE.
10. RANGER HOUSE AT ENTRANCE STATION, FACING N.
11. VIEW OF ROAD SOUTH OF ENTRANCE STATION, FACING S. NOTE GRADE OF ROAD CUTTING ACROSS BASE OF MESA.
12. BOX CULVERT ON 'BIG HILL' SECTION.
13. SWITCHBACK ON 'BILL HILL' SECTION, FACING N.
14. ROAD CUT TO EAST OF SWITCHBACK, FACING ENE.
15. VIEW DOWN 'BIG HILL' TOWARDS MANCOS VALLEY, FACING N.
16. SUN POINT OVERLOOK VIEW OF CLIFF PALACE, FACING N. [OUT OF GEOGRAPHIC SEQUENCE; SHOULD BE LAST PHOTO IN SET.]
17. ROAD VIEW ON 'BIG HILL' TOWARDS CORTEZ VALLEY, FACING NW. ENTRANCE STATION IN CENTER RIGHT DISTANCE.
18. ROAD CUT ON 'BIG HILL' SECTION, FACING SW.
19. ROAD VIEW OF SLIDE AREA ON 'BIG HILL', FACING SW.
20. DETAIL VIEW OF CRIBBING ON 'BIG HILL', FACING S.
21. ROAD VIEW AND CRIBBING ON 'BIG HILL', FACING NW.
22. 'BIG HILL' ROAD VIEW FROM MANCOS OVERLOOK, FACING NW. NOTE CRIBBING BELOW ROAD AND DRAINAGE AREA ABOVE AT LEFT CENTER.
23. MANCOS VALLEY FROM NUSBAUM CUT, FACING NE.
24. NUSBAUM CUT -- TWO PART VIEW WITH No. 25, FACING W.
25. NUSBAUM CUT -- TWO PART VIEW WITH No. 24, FACING SW.
26. LONE CONE AND OLD ROAD GRADE TO LEFT SEEN FROM PARKING LOT ADJACENT TO LAUNDROMAT AT MOREFIELD CAMPGROUND STORE, FACING NW.
27. OLD ROAD GRADE AND KNIFE EDGE TRAIL FROM NW END OF MOREFIELD CAMPGROUND, FACING NW.
28. VIEW DOWN MOREFIELD CANYON FROM SAME CAMERA SITE AS NO. 27, FACING SE.
29. OLD ROAD ALIGNMENT INTO PRATER CANYON AT WEST PORTAL OF MOREFIELD TUNNEL, FACING S.
30. VIEW OF PRATER CANYON FROM TURNOUT 100 YARDS WEST OF WEST PORTAL MOREFIELD TUNNEL, FACING S.
31. DROP CULVERT IN PRATER CANYON, FACING ESE.
32. CHECK DAMS IN PRATER CANYON, FACING NE.
33. MONTEZUMA VALLEY OVERLOOK, FACING WSW.
34. KNIFE EDGE FROM MONTEZUMA VALLEY OVERLOOK, FACING NW. OLD ROAD ALIGNMENT WAS ON SLOPE BELOW CLIFF AT RIGHT CENTER.
35. PRATER GRADE ROAD VIEW, FACING NW. NOTE WEATHERING STEEL RAIL AND ROAD CUT IN DISTANCE. MONTEZUMA VALLEY OVERLOOK IS JUST TO RIGHT OF DISTANT ROAD CUT.
36. PRATER GRADE ROAD VIEW FROM SAME CAMERA SITE AS No. 35, FACING S.
37. PRATER CANYON AND CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS CAMP SITE FROM PRATER GRADE, FACING E. SAME CAMERA LOCATION AS No. 35 AND No. 36.
38. VIEW OF PRATER GRADE, FACING NW. CAMERA SITE FOR VIEWS Nos. 35-37 AT TURNOUT AT LEFT CENTER ON NEAR CURVE.
39. VIEW OF CURVE NEAR PRATER GRADE, FACING NOT NOTED. NOTE STEEL-BACKED TIMBER GUIDE RAIL IN FOREGROUND.
40. PRATER GRADE ROAD VIEW, FACING N.
41. '7.7 MILE' ROAD FAILURE, FACING WNW.
42. ROAD VIEW AT MILE 12.0, FACING NE.
43. ROAD CUT AT MILE 11.8 FROM TURNOUT AT MILE 12, FACING SW.
44. ROAD CUT AT MILE 11.8, FACING S.
45. ROAD VIEW AT MILE 11.6, FACING W.
46. ROAD CUT AT MILE 10.8, FACING NW.
47. ROAD CUT AT MILE 10.8, FACING N.
48. ROAD VIEW AND TURNOUT AT 'B' CUT, FACING SW.
49. ROAD VIEW AT 'B' CUT, FACING W.
50. ROAD VIEW AT PARK POINT TURNOUT, FACING WSW.
51. ROAD VIEW AT PARK POINT TURNOUT, FACING N.
52. ROCK WALL AT PARK POINT PARKING AREA, FACING NW.
53. ROAD VIEW FROM NEAR PARK POINT TURNOUT, FACING WNW.
54. ROAD VIEW AT 'D' CUT, FACING SSW.
55. ROAD VIEW AT 'D' CUT, FACING E.
56. PARKING FOR GEOLOGICAL OVERLOOK, FACING NW. SAME CAMERA LOCATION AS No. 55.
57. ROAD VIEW WITH OLD ALIGNMENT TO RIGHT AT MILE 6.3 FROM ADMINISTRATION INTERSECTION, FACING S.
58. CHAPIN MESA ROAD VIEW, FACING SE.
59. FARVIEW RUINS AND PARKING AREA, FACING SSE.
60. RUINS ROAD INTERSECTION, FACING S.
61. RETAINING WALL ON CLIFF PALACE ROAD, FACING NE.
62. PARKING LOT AT CLIFF PALACE, FACING SE.
63. CLIFF PALACE ENTRANCE, FACING SE.
64. CLIFF PALACE OVERLOOK, FACING S.
65. CLIFF PALACE SEEN FROM OVERLOOK, FACING E.
66. HEMENWAY HOUSE OVERLOOK, FACING NE.
67. HEMENWAY HOUSE FROM OVERLOOK, FACING ENE.
68. ABANDONED ROAD AT UTE LOOP, FACING SSW.
69. PARKING LOT AT BALCONY HOUSE, FACING NW.
70. ROAD VIEW AT NAVAJO CANYON OVERLOOK, FACING SW.
71. NAVAJO CANYON OVERLOOK, FACING SW. SAME CAMERA POSITION AS No. 70.
72. ROAD VIEW AT SUN POINT AREA, FACING W.
73. ROAD VIEW AT SUN POINT AREA, FACING SSE.


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