September 21, 2019 -- Square Tower House
Mesa Verde National Park - Square House Tower -- This spectacular alcove dwelling, with eight kivas and at least 60 rooms looks a lot different today than when it was first discovered in 1888 by a local rancher. Preservation began in 1919 and still continues today. Original residents carved hand and toe holds into the cliff face to access their dwelling using ropes and ladders to scale the canyon walls.
Square Tower House is an impressive three-storied structure located beneath a slightly overhanging cliff. Built in the mid-1200s, it is the tallest structure in Mesa Verde and retained its stature as the tallest man-made structure in America until the mid-1800s. The alcove above Square Tower House is not as deep as those that overhang over the other major cliff houses, and this may be why the builders had to expend the structure upwards. Because of its height, Square Tower House is one of the most iconic cliff dwellings in the park.
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