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  • Petroglyph in the McDowell Mountains, Arizona. The McDowells have hundreds of petroglyphs, most of which are thankfully hard to find so that the public can't damage them. This rock has two glyphs from two different eras. The animal is drawn with a style consistent with the Hohokam people, who inhabited the McDowells from 700 to 1100 A.D. The "1842" is consistent with many similar markings left by white miners and ranchers in this area more recently. By 1842, the United States Army was sending out scouts to explore various regions of Arizona. The California Gold Rush peaked in 1848-49, so prospecters may have traveled through this area in 1842 as well.

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