National Geographic : 1956 Jun
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado America's first apartment houses- today they belong to you... At Mesa Verde National Park you'll find the finest pre historic Indian cliff dwellings in the country - relics of a highly-developed civilization that flourished during the first 1300 years of the Christian era. You can see how this ancient people lived... worshiped... farmed and hunted. You can climb through their amazing pueblos - Stone Age apartment houses such as Cliff Palace which housed over 400 Indians on 8 different floor levels before Columbus sailed for the New World. Today we know the story of the Mesa Verde and its people, thanks to the work of one of America's great scientific institutions, the National Geographic Society. The Douglas Tree Ring Calendar, developed under the Society's sponsorship, traced the settlement's growth and revealed the 24-year drouth that helped to turn the great pueblos into deserted villages. But these great villages are no longer deserted. Each year some 160,000 Americans travel there to see the treasures that, as part of the National Park System, have been conserved for them ... and their children ... and their children's children. It is good that this is so ... for a nation that cherishes the heritage of its past can face its future with confidence. FREE Tour Information If you would like to visit Mesa Verde, or drive any where in the U.S .A ., let us help plan your trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corporation, 600 Fifth Ave., New York 20, N.Y. - also ask for our colorful National Parks Map. SINCLAIR SALUTES THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY for so actively supporting the conservation of America's natural resources and scenic treasures. In addition to pushing back the historic horizons of the Southwest, the Society has added to the world's geographic knowledge through more than 100 expeditions ranging from pole to pole, up into the stratosphere and down to the ocean floor. A staunch friend of the National Parks from the very be ginning, the Society and its Magazine were instrumental in the establishment of the National Park System and made invaluable contributions to many of the Parks.