National Geographic : 1897 Oct
THE ENCHANTED MESA ing the height, in the latter part of July, by means of a life-sav ing equipment. It would seem that Professor Libbey neglected to search for relics in the talus, that he devoted no attention to the great southwestern cleft or cove up which the trail was reputed to have passed, and that after spending some three hours on the narrow southern extension of the mesa top, awaiting the arrival of a ladder from Acoma to conduct him across a fissure, he employed the remaining two hours in a reconnaissance of the wider and more interesting part of the height, finding noth ing that would indicate even a former visit by human beings.* While engaged in archeologic work in Arizona and later in Cebollita valley in western central New Mexico, some 20 miles westward from Acoma pueblo, I was directed to visit Katzimo once more in order to determine what additional data of an arche ological nature might be gathered by an examination of the summit. The knowledge gained by the previous visit made it apparent that a light equipment only would be necessary to ac complish the task. Procuring an extension ladder, comprising six 6-foot sections, some 300 feet of half-inch rope, and a pole pick, together with a number of bolts, drills, etc., which after ward were found to be needless, I proceeded to Laguna, the newest, yet the most rapidly decaying, of all the pueblos, on the Santa Fe Pacific railroad. Here I was fortunate in enlisting the services of Major George H. Pradt, who has served as a United States deputy surveyor in that section for nearly 30 years; Mr A. C. Vroman, of Pasadena, California, a few of whose excellent photographs are here reproduced, and Mr H. C. Hayt, of Chicago. Much of the success of the little expedition is due to the untiring aid of these gentlemen, and for many creature comforts I am indebted to the Messrs Marmon, whose beautiful little home at Laguna has delighted the heart of many a weary wayfarer in that sunny land. Leaving the railroad September 1, we proceeded with two farm wagons, each drawn by a very small black mule and a large white horse, driven by two sturdy Laguna boys. The road trends westward for about seven miles, then turns southward through a rather wide valley scarred with arroyas and lined with * Had the explorer crossed to the northern part of the mesa by means of a bench a few feet below the summit of the rocky southern tongue, it would not have been neces sary for him to spend most of his time so fruitlessly in awaiting the arrival of means to cross the fissure. The ladder was found as Professor Libbey had left it, but was taken down by one of the Indians, who followed the bench mentioned, in order to secure the rope for his own use. The ladder is the short one shown in P1. 33, the photograph having been made during the descent.