Pueblo Grande de Nevada
Original Date Visited: 3/16/09
Signed: Both lanes of SR 169
Notes: The approach to this marker comes up warp fast and can be easily missed because of its lack of signage and odd location. Please be going no more than the posted 35MPH limit, especially in this highly residential area where the speed limit enforces everything. This town is more reminiscent of rural Utah so locals are usually very cautious of outsiders. Please be respectful.
Indians of a highly developed civilization lived throughout Moapa Valley from 300-1100 A.D. Several hundred ancient pithouses, campsites, rockshelters, salt mines and caves of Anasazi people make up what is commonly known as "Lost City." These people cultivated corn, beans and squash in fields irrigated by river water. They also gathered wild seeds and fruits and hunted widely for deer, antelope, desert bighorn sheep, small mammals and birds. They wove fine cotton cloth, fired beautifully painted and textured pottery and mined and traded salt and turquoise to coastal tribes for seashells. Early dwellings were circular pithouses below ground; later dwellings above ground were single-story adobes having up to 100 rooms.
Lake Mead, created by Hoover Dam, flooded the most intensively developed portion of Lost City.
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