Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, Colorado

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Cliff Palace before excavation and repair by the Bureau of Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution. It is now an attraction for thousands of tourists. Mesa Verde National Park was created June 29, 1906. Two years after the establishment of the park, excavation and repair of the major sites was begun so that visitors could see and enjoy the park. Most of the early work was done by Jesse Walter Fewkes, archaeologist, Smithsonian Institution.


  • Fewkes, Jesse Walter 1850-1930
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7005, Box 189, Folder 10

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


Date unknown but probably c. 1906

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  • Cliff Palace
  • Architecture
  • Exhibitions


Mesa Verde National Park (Colo.)


  • Photographic print
  • Architecture

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Color: Black and White; Size: 6.5 X 8; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print

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