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Colorado’s Chimney Rock on track to becoming monument

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. – The Chimney Rock Archaeological Area may soon become a national monument.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s deputy press secretary, Edward Stern, says the congressman is working on crafting a bill.

President Harry Truman in 1949 signed legislation protecting the archaeological rich area, which contains ruins thought to be the northernmost settlements of the Chacoans, a Native American tribe from New Mexico.

The site is best known for its two asymmetrical rock spires where the full moon rises as seen from some of the ruins on a regular cycle of 18.6 years.

Amy Cole with the National Trust for Historic Preservation was meeting with residents in the area this past week.


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