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Souvenir Hunters' Delight

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 18 August 2012 in Architecture.

These ruins were largely undisturbed until the 1880s when the railroads brought tourists out West. They came with shovels and dynamite. They promptly started taking souvenirs and destroying the ruins. By 1915, the national monument was established.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Part of The Great American West series.

PATRICK from miramas, France


18 Aug 2012 5:34am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelleds vielles pierres quelle vue et iamge fantastique compo sueprbe.

18 Aug 2012 6:11am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

It's a pity that the national monument came only 40 years later... In Ireland tourists take stones of Celtic crosses and some of them are 1000 years old !!!!. Most of the sites are still free entrance...

18 Aug 2012 7:10am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

pour les personnes qui n'ont pas de toits,c'est un bon refuge

18 Aug 2012 7:14am

Sahar from Tehran, Iran

A good photo ...and good info ...Thank you

18 Aug 2012 7:28am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Must have been like the people left for the day before the tourists spoiled it !~

18 Aug 2012 7:31am

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

This place reminded me of Matera!

18 Aug 2012 8:51am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent capture of the ruins... I like the colors ! Have a lovely weekend :)

18 Aug 2012 9:16am

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

An interesting series…

18 Aug 2012 12:03pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful shot.

18 Aug 2012 12:34pm

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Beautiful shot, love the stones colors and shades. Well done!

18 Aug 2012 3:06pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of these ruins. I like how well you handled the exposure inside and outside of the rock wall. Very well done.

18 Aug 2012 3:43pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

It's unfortunate that protection to this type of ruins be established when there is already a lot of destruction ...
Another interesting view of this great ruins !!!

18 Aug 2012 4:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding capture and composition

18 Aug 2012 5:15pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

These kind of abuses were widespread all over the world in the past. Now it is much less frequent. Nice image of one of those rooms.

18 Aug 2012 5:31pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

geez.. that's why everybody hates tourists.. ;D

18 Aug 2012 8:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

ANother nice image of the shapes and textures of these rooms.

18 Aug 2012 9:14pm

PD from Kansas, United States

Nice exposure, contrast on the stonework. inviting

18 Aug 2012 10:11pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Strange to think that until fairly recently it was a free-for-all... so many historic sites like that.

18 Aug 2012 10:24pm

Z from Shanghai, China

I guess it is not allowed to take souvenirs now :)

19 Aug 2012 12:11am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Nice capture of color, light and texture

19 Aug 2012 12:48am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

beautiful photo. rocks have excellent color and texture. I am glad to be a national monument. A big hug. Alejandra

19 Aug 2012 3:23am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Fascinating again! I wonder what was in this little room that was interesting enough to pillage?

19 Aug 2012 5:51pm

@Mooie: They were primarily after clay pots, I believe.

franz from Baden, Austria

valuable document ... incredible how insensitive people were in the "old days" ...

19 Aug 2012 7:51pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A shame that so many details may have been lost.

19 Aug 2012 9:31pm

Crash Ryan from Weehawken, NJ & NYC, United States

ok .. who left the ruins behind ????

20 Aug 2012 2:39am