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After two months of trekking across the country, the Hemenway Southwestern Arhcaeological Expedition finally reached the Salt River Valley in February 1887. The expedition’s leader Frank Hamilton Cushing was a pioneering anthropologist whose study of the Zuni Indians of New Mexico earned him praise and the patronage of Mary Hemenway, a wealthy Bostonian. Listen to Cushing’s description of what he and his sister-in-law Mary Magill came upon as they explored the red rock north of Hayden’s Ferry.
- Though he survived the perils of the desert, Cushing choked to death on a fishbone on April 10, 1900 while on a research project in Maine.
- The Hole-in-the-Rock formation is a sandstone conglomerate dating to the Tertiary period – 1.6-65 million years old.