Historical Archaeological Photographs - Mesa Verde
Limited Editions of 250
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In the back of the ruin, Thomas McKee found water seeping and was able to collect enough water to camp and do his developing. He camped inside Balcony House for a couple of days while he took photographs of this and other nearby ruins. The balcony is visible on the building to the right behind the wall. Click to enlarge Balcony House, The Most Beautiful Cliff Dwelling.
"...there was a black surface that gradually disappeared in a density of darkness that was lost in the distance and the enchantment became real as I saw a fairy city with its castles, round tower and numerous buildings of another age." Click to enlarge Cliff Palace, A Fairy City.
Balcony House, 1896
The Most Beautiful Cliff Dwelling
LH-BH04-WW (white)
WH-BH04-WW (wood framed)

Cliff Palace, 1896
A Fairy City with Its Castles
LH-CP07-WW (white)
WH-CP07-WW (wood framed)

In preparation for the 2006 centennial celebration of Mesa Verde National Park, four photographic images have been selected from the Park archives and restored. Proceeds from the sales of these photographs benefit the Mesa Verde Museum Association centennial fund. Help celebrate Mesa Verde's 100th year as a National Park

These historic photographs are available to the public as 16x20 limited-edition, sepia-toned photographs matted to 22x26. Only 250 copies of each photograph will be produced. They can be purchased either matted only or framed. Shipping charges are extra. Descriptions from the archives, often including the original photographer's own words, are included with each photograph.

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"...I was transfixed off this world of ours to another planet and stood gazing with wide open eyes and listening, expecting to see fairies or people of another world appear, before I realized that what I saw was real. You cannot wonder when I describe the buildings and how the sun shown on them, a pure white marble city." Click to enlarge Cliff Palace, A White Marble City.
This photograph of Spruce Tree House was taken by Jesse L. Nusbaum in the summer of 1907. He was contracted by Dr. Edgar Hewett to spend that summer assisting A.V. (Ted) Kidder with the excavation and photographing of the ruins at Mesa Verde.  It shows the kiva and courtyard area before it was restored by the National Park Service. Click to enlarge Spruce Tree House.
Cliff Palace, 1896
A White Marble City
LH-CP08-WW (white)
WH-CP08-WW (wood framed)
Spruce Tree House, 1907
The Courtyard
LH-STH8-WW (white)
WH-STH8-WW (wood framed)
Cards Price
Printed notecards 5x7 $5.95
Limited-Edition Historic Archaeological Photographs Matted Wood Framed
22x26 (photograph size is 16x20) $200.00 $385.00
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