Message #81:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Chacoan Roads
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 05:40:16 -0700 (MST)
Mime-Version: 1.0

I'm probably not the best person to be sending this, but I don't see any
previous     acknowledgement of the fact that the north entrance to Chaco
Culture NHP is now CLOSED!! Touched the fence across the road myself a week
or so ago.  Preferred entrance is now from "the 44 Store" a few miles south
on NM 44 from the old Nageezi entrance.
Of course, the real significance is that the ruins road loop can finally be
closed off at night, and no traffic goes by Kin Kletso and Casa Chiquita to
contribute to the seismic dismantling of those ruins.  Seems like it was in
the '50s that the master plan recommended an east entrance and closure of
the north road.  The visitor center, following this plan, was built at
t'other end of the park from where 2/3 of the visitors entered, and a host
of other problems resulted from the one-way loop.  At last there is the
opportunity to inform people as they enter the park (instead of halfway
through their visit) and there is no longer a state highway running the
length of the park and open to use every hour of every day.  I'm sure there
will be some drawbacks to the new route (bets on how long the low water
crossing put in the Escavada will last?) and new problems will arise, but my
hat is off to superintendent Butch Wilson and his staff (and John Cook's
support, I'm sure) for achieving something needed for a looooong time!

Tom Vaughan