Message #21:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Casa Malpais Seeks J.D. Hayworth
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 06:25:16 -0700
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[ Representative Hayworth previously has introduced this bill.  The Town
of Springerville doesn't want the site of Casa Malpais to become a
national park or a national monument.  Rather, they want an "affiliate"
status.  The town leaders believe such status would entitle them to put
the NPS arrowhead-shaped signs and the brown recreational / directional
signs out on highways many miles away from Springerville in the belief
that such signage would divert hapless visitors off the Interstate to
Springerville's motel rooms and restaurants. We surmise that use of the
term 'catacombs' no longer carries any cachet for the geographically-
challenged community.  Casa Malpais was owned by the AZ State Land
Department.  Because the Casa Malpais site had been vandalized by local
or regional residents for years, Springerville argued that the State
should give the site to the town for $1 because the State had no ability
to protect the site from the vandals.  The property eventualy was sold
from the Trust to the Town of Springerville for less than the originally
appraised value, but for about $70 to $80K.  The Town of Springerville
obtained the purchase money grubstake from the Heritage Fund (lotto
revenues) through AZ State Parks.  One arm of the State paid another arm
of the State to give the site to the City.  This is the current model
for heritage tourism development in AZ.  The next step is being taken by
Rep Hayworth on behalf of the Town of Springerville -- making signs.  --
SASIG Ed. ]

Arizona Republic Page B2, Thursday January 9, 1997
Associated Press
Hayworth Seeks To Protect Ruins

Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., has reintroduced a bill seeking national
recognition for the Casa Malpais Historic Landmark near Springerville,
"an extraordinarily rich" site, Hayworth said Tuesday.

"Due to its size, condition and complexity, the site offers an
unparalled opportunity to study an ancient society in the Southwest,
and, as such, is of national significance," he said of the 14 1/2 - acre
site, which was occupied about  1250 A.D. by one of the  of the largest
and most sophisticated Mogollon communities in the Southwest.

The bill would affiliate the site with the National Park Service.