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Stronghold House

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 8 December 2014 in Architecture.

This fanciful name was given to this structure because it's built on a freestanding boulder. At one time, a log spanned the gap between the house and the canyon wall. This provided access and stability. When the log eventually fell, a good portion of the house went with it.

I've been wanting to visit Hovenweep National Monument for a few years. It has the best quality workmanship of any ruins I've seen to date. The monument is spread out over several sites covering a fairly large area. Up to 2,500 people may have inhabited the area in the 1200s A.D. Many of the structures were built between 1230 and 1270.

By 1300 A.D., the people were gone. No one knows for sure why they left. Probably, a prolonged drought forced them to move to central Arizona and New Mexico.

Hovenweep National Monument
Utah-Colorado border, USA
Part of the Great American West series.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A great place and interesting commentary.

8 Dec 2014 5:34am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo

8 Dec 2014 5:49am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Those wonderful earthy colours and textures continue to fascinate me.

8 Dec 2014 6:47am

gerard1948 from Spain

Excellent composition and beautiful view, the house was near the precipice, the better to see the scenery? :)) Thanks for the excplications is very interesting.
Have a good week.

8 Dec 2014 7:01am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

De là, on pouvait tout surveiller

8 Dec 2014 7:54am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful light and composition.

8 Dec 2014 8:02am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A fascinating image and story here . . super coverage.

8 Dec 2014 8:04am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The light is magnificent on these rocks and these ruins

8 Dec 2014 8:31am

julie from France

Jolie ruine dans une magnifique lumière... Bonne journée Steve ;)

8 Dec 2014 8:31am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Incredible ruin. Beautifully captured.:-)

8 Dec 2014 8:49am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe endroit!! amitiés

8 Dec 2014 8:53am

Devi from Chennai, India

Must have been pretty active and interesting when people were here !!! Beautiful capture !

8 Dec 2014 10:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle roche et découpage quelle vue et compo superbe décor.
Bravo et belle journée

8 Dec 2014 10:10am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

So precarious looking... interesting.

8 Dec 2014 10:29am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une superbe composition!! j'adore+++++

8 Dec 2014 10:39am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Spectacular !!

8 Dec 2014 12:52pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Le temps passe à une autre échelle que la notre pour cet endroit !!! sublime !!

8 Dec 2014 1:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love the rugged shapes and earth tones

8 Dec 2014 1:44pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Fantastic shot of a magnificent view. Superb composition.

8 Dec 2014 2:12pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of the intersting place.

8 Dec 2014 2:54pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

.This is nearly unbelievable that people built and lived in the house .......A superb frame, Steve - thanks for sharing - Kindest regards - have a good week Monika

8 Dec 2014 3:42pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of the remaining house. The history of the place is fascinating.

8 Dec 2014 4:24pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Impressiv ! The image and the story !!

8 Dec 2014 5:35pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great illustrative capture to go along with your informative narrative!!

8 Dec 2014 7:37pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Beautiful image showing this remarkable place.

8 Dec 2014 7:54pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Amazing to find a wall to this place !!

8 Dec 2014 8:02pm

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

I love this image Steve !! Very interesting details about the area !! Excellent !!

8 Dec 2014 9:08pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful shot of these ruins Steve! It must have been wonderful to visit! ;-)

8 Dec 2014 9:44pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Great capture

9 Dec 2014 1:45am

Maxine from Christchurch, New Zealand

Fabulous piece of history , well composed and interesting.

9 Dec 2014 4:18am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


9 Dec 2014 9:07am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing to see it now part of the landscape.

9 Dec 2014 9:44am

franz from Baden, Austria

excellent use of light to make this place come alive!
climate change may have been at the root of evil even then ...

11 Dec 2014 5:55pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful work. Interesting subject too.

15 Dec 2014 7:59pm