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 Encoding: MIME-Version: 1.0 [ 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.