On Saturday, Dolores was having a Harvest Festival and they were giving rides on the Galloping Goose.
|From 1933 to 1949 this Galloping Goose #5 provided supplies and delivered mail to the San Juan Mountain area. The Pierce Arrow body and buick motor were cheaper to operate than a steam engine or diesel engine locomotive.|
|The Galloping Goose #5 has been fully restored and is on display in Dolores.|
|They were even giving rides, but the track only extended about a block. So, they let you ride up and down the block two whole times.|
|The Anasazi Heritage Center was on the way to town. It had a nice exhibit inside and then we walked to the top of the hill where the Escalante Pueblo was located.|
|There were some ruins down in the valley (a cave), but we couldn't go there because it was located on private property. But above we did find these petroglyphs. Virginia said they were a warning to stay away.|
|Down a short way was another etching. I believe they called these 'lizard men'.|
|As we came upon the first big hill, this large stone was pointed out. It was one of several stones which used to stand upright. They had something to do with their calendar and reading the sun's movements.|
|These rocks are all that is left of one of the largest pueblo ruins in this area of the country. There were over 800 rooms and kiva's here at one time.|
|This is the only standing stone still standing. Upon close examination, you can tell the stone was shaped before being stood upright.|
|The archaeologist pointed out the remains of a wall, probably to a small tower.|
|There were pottery shards all over the fields.|
|Another pottery shard. Some archaeological diggings have been done in the area and these shards date back 800 years or so.|
|This is what they found during the archaeological exploration and dig.|
The guide was very good, but I'm glad we had the archaeologist too. She had some interesting ideas and information about the Puebloan Indian culture.