Chaco Canyon, Wetherill Reunion 2010

A day of remberance for Richard Wetherill June 22, 2010.
IMG 4171  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. richard wetherill 500dpi  Richard Wetherill IMG 0317  This wreath was placed on Richard Wetherill's headstone June 22, 2010 by the Wetherill family.  It was ordered by Wanda Eaton Smith and made from Barbed wire and decorated by Wanda. IMG 4098
IMG 4138  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4100  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4102  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4106  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.
IMG 4105  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4133  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4174  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4175  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.
IMG 4169  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4142  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4126  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4124  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.
IMG 4119  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4118  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4112  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 4104  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.
IMG 4103  Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice. IMG 0469  Jim Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill shortly after delivering  a talk honoring Richard Wetherill.  It was 100 years to the day Richard was killed by an angry Navajo.  The Wetherill family gathered at the Wetherill Cemetery in the Chaco Culture National Historic Park.  Jim Shaffner, Grandson of Richard Wetherill spoke at the grave site giving a short overview of Richards life and events leading up to his death. Rulon Wetherill and Harvey Leake also spoke.  Following the ceremony the family visited  Pueblo Bonito to View several young   Laguna Pueblo  Indians dancing.  That afternoon the family viewed a petroglyph depicting Richard's murder.  The following day several Wetherill family members visited three Wetherill trading post sites in the area, Tiz-Nat-Zin, Ojo Alamo and Kimbeto. IMG 0319  This wreath was placed on Richard Wetherill's headstone June 22, 2010 by the Wetherill family.  It was ordered by Wanda Eaton Smith and made from Barbed wire and decorated by Wanda. IMG 0475  The Black Slate stone was found near Richard Wethereld's headstone in Chester, Pennsylvania, removed and placed at the grave in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.   Richard Wethereld (Wetherill) was the grandfather of Richard of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
IMG 4086  The Richard and Marietta Wetherill grave site.  The original headstone at the right was replaced and the spelling corrected. richard wethereld grave  The pottery chard seen next to the headstone of Richard Wetherill (Wethereld) in Chester, Pennsylvania is suspected to have come from the grave site of  Richard Wetherill of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.  Richard Wetherill (Wethereld) was the grandfather of Richard of Chaco Canyon. IMG 4083  Harvey Leake great grandson of John Wetherill, Marietta Eaton and Terry Watson great granddaughter's of Richard Wetherill and Rulon Wetherill great grandson of Robert Wetherill.  Rulon was speaking at the Richard Wetherill grave site and Harvey Leake also spoke. IMG 4191  The Wetherill reunion celebrating Richard Wetherill's life.  L - R Marietta Eaton great granddaughter of Richard Wetherill, Harvey Leake great grandson Of John Wetherill, Terry Watson great granddaughter of Richard Wetherill, Lawanda Eaton Smith great garnddaughter of Richard Wetherill, Rulon Wetherill great grandson of Robert Wetherill of Chester Pennsylvania, Jim Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill, Richard Wetherill III grandson of Richard Wetherill and Ralph friend of Wanda Eaton Smith not pictured is the Raymond Reeves family.
IMG 0555  The Wetherill camp site the evening of June 22, 2010. IMG 4114  Harvey Leake walking a self guided tour of Pueblo Bonito. IMG 4122  Terry Watson and Richard Wetheril watching Navajo Summer Soltice dances at Pueblo Bonito dabney ford  Dabney Ford, Chaco Archeologist.
IMG 4209  Petroglyphs in Chaco Canyon near the Petroglyph of the Richard Wetherill murder. IMG 4213  Rock carving depicting a very accurate scene of the Richard Wetherill shooting and murder. IMG 4217.1  Rock carving depicting a very accurate scene of the Richard Wetherill shooting and murder. IMG 4217.2  Rock carving depicting a very accurate scene of the Richard Wetherill shooting and murder.
IMG 4215  Rock carving depicting a very accurate scene of the Richard Wetherill shooting and murder. IMG 4467  This is a very accurate depiction of Richard Wetherill's murder carved by someone that must have been at the scene during the murder June 22, 1910. There are 2 clues that are in the petroglyph that validate the scene and was done by someone that was present during the murder. IMG 4472  This is a very accurate depiction of Richard Wetherill's murder carved by someone that must have been at the scene during the murder June 22, 1910. There are 2 clues that are in the petroglyph that validate the scene and was done by someone that was present during the murder. IMG 4468  Text of a talk at the grave site of Richard Wetherill at 6.00 PM June 22,  2010.
IMG 4219  Pueblo del Oro ruin in Chaco Canyon.  Richard Wetherill was killed near here June 22, 1910. IMG 4220  Pueblo del Oro ruin in Chaco Canyon.  Richard Wetherill was killed near here June 22, 1910. IMG 4226  Site of Richard Wetherill's murder. IMG 4227  Site of Richard Wetherill's murder. Terry Watson and Marietta
IMG 4246  This is the existing site of the Kimbeto Trading Post.  The orginal site was a half mile North.  Bill Finn owned the trading post which was very near Chaco Canyon.  He helped the previous owners move and in return was given ownership.  Richard Wetherill then took over from Bill Finn.  Richard didn't run the post, but took some of the building supplies to use at Chaco. This action raised the ire of the Indian Service. IMG 4276  Harvey Leake and Marie Garcia Shaffner starting the hike to Ojo Alamo in the Bisti Badlands. IMG 4279  Marietta Eaton hiking in the Bisti Badlands on the way to the John Wetherill Trading Post at Ojo Alamo. IMG 4269  A huge chuck of petrified wood beside the trail in the Bisti Badlands.
IMG 4287  L -R Jim Shaffner, Harvey Leake and Marietta Eaton. IMG 4301  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky. IMG 4291  Harvey Leake near a hogan of recent vintage at Ojo Alamo.  The John and Louisa Wetherill Trading post is about 500 yards Northwest of here. ojo alamo two  Harvey Leake holds a 1900's photo of Ojo Alamo.  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky.
IMG 4305  Harvey Leake holds an Ojo Alamo 1900's photo against a background of the current site for comparison.  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky. IMG 4307  he John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky. IMG 4309  Harvey Leake great grandson of John and Louisa Wetherill standing on the Ojo Alamo trading post site. IMG 4312  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky.
IMG 4310  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky. IMG 4321  Two giant petrified wood trees just above the Ojo Alamo Trading Post.  Above this area there have been ceratopsian dinosaurs found.  These were five ton dinosaurs the size of a car.  These animals bagan to appear about 130 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. IMG 4334  This rock formation may have been the origination of the Ojo Alamo name as a petrified wood log lays across the top of this formation with blue sky visible underneath it. IMG 4318  Stone column just above Ojo Alamo.
ojo alamo  Ben Wetherill son of John and Louisa Wetherill at Ojo Alamo about 1900 or 1901. IMG 4335  Harvey Leake holds an Ojo Alamo 1900's photo against a background of the current site for comparison.  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900-1901,  living here for a couple of years before leaving to manage the Chavez Trading Post near  Thoreau.  Clyde Corville stayed at Ojo Alamo to manage it.  A severe drought in the area forced them to abandon both The Chavez and Ojo Alamo Trading Posts in 1904 moving to Chaco Canyon.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to Blue sky. IMG 4344  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900, living here for a couple of years before a drought in the area forced them to abandon it.  Other traders moved in and took over the site after they left.  Ojo  means Eye in Spanish and Alamo means Cottonwood and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to blue sky.  The log is visible at the top of the rock formation at the right of the photo. IMG 4345  The John and Louisa Wetherill trading post at Ojo Alamo near Chaco Canyon.  John and Louisa Wetherill arrived at Ojo Alamo trading post in 1900, living here for a couple of years before a drought in the area forced them to abandon it.  Other traders moved in and took over the site after they left.  Ojo Alamo means Eye and Cottonwood in Spanish and was probably named after the only Cottonwood in the area and a giant petrified wood log with an opening under it to blue sky.  The log is visible at the top of the rock formation.
IMG 4360  Harvey Leake in the lead followed by Marie Garcia Shaffner and Marietta Eaton hike back to the truck which is about a two hour hike in temperatures that exceded 105 degrees. IMG 4380  Harvey Leake hiking back to the the truck which is about a two hour hike in temperatures that exceded 105 degrees. IMG 4384  A web of tent caterpillars engulf a shrub in the Bisti Badlands. IMG 4392  Harvey Leake in the lead followed by Marietta Eaton and Marie Garcia Shaffner hike back to the truck which is about a two hour hike in temperatures that exceded 105 degrees.
IMG 4403  A column of rock in the Bisti Badlands. IMG 4396  Jim Shaffner hiking back to the truck in the Bisti Badlands in temperatures above 105 degrees. IMG 4408 IMG 4411  A giant piece of petrified wood in the Bisti Badlands.
IMG 4357  The hot desert of the Bisti Badlands.  Temperatures exceeded 105 degrees. IMG 4371  Marietta Eaton hiking the Bisti badlands from the Ojo Alamo Trading Post back to the truck. IMG 4353  Harvey Leake in the lead, followed by Marie Garcia Shaffner and Marietta Eaton. Hiking back to the truck which is about two hours in temperatures that exceeded 105 degrees. IMG 4417  A Hoodoo in the Bisti Badlands.
IMG 4414  The Bisti Badlands. IMG 4349  Harvey Leake in the lead followed by Marie Garcia Shaffner and Marietta Eaton hike back to the truck which is about a two hour hike in temperatures that exceded 105 degrees. IMG 4426 IMG 4430  The De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area where the Ojo Alamo Trading is located and the Bisti Badlands.
IMG 7315  The abandoned Tsaya Trading Post.  Chsi-Chilling-Begay bought the ammunition here that was used to murder Richard Wetherill June 22, 1910. The trading post is ten miles West of Pueblo Bonito and was known as Blake's store in 1910. IMG 4442  The new Tsaya Trading Post, several miles from the old store. Chsi-Chilling-Begay bought the ammunition that was used to murder Richard Wetherill June 22, 1910. The trading post is ten miles West of Pueblo Bonito and was known as Blake's store in 1910.