Impressions of Los PueblitoClick here to play the story:
The Hohokam people lived in Pueblo Grande and other sites throughout the Valley for one thousand years before abruptly abandoning the site in 1450 CE. They thrived in the desert thanks to their extensive canal system, which early Phoenix settlers used to irrigate their farms and build new communities. Founding father Darrell Duppa chose the name ‘Phoenix’ because the city rose from the ashes of the Hohokam metropolis. Listen to Frank Cushing’s impression of “Los Pueblito” as he and the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition explored the ruins in 1887.
- Pueblo Grande supported a population of 1000-2500 Hohokam people.
- The Hohokam cultivated cotton, corn, beans, and squash on over 1000 acres of land in the Papago area.
- Phoenix was the first city in the nation to have a City Archaeologist , who oversaw the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park.
- The original museum building at Pueblo Grande was completed in 1935 and made of adobe bricks and other materials found on site. Construction costs totaled $14.95 – the price of a box of nails.