Wetherill 

A History of Discovery  

Wetherill Events

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2017

Wetherill Reunion June 14-19, 2017

Agenda

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2012

Several Wetherill family members met at the University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum July 10th, 2012 to view the collection donated by Marietta Wetherill in 1954.  Many items were of pre-1900 origin and one was of particular interest. It was a rug owned by Richard Wetherill at the time of his marriage in 1896.  The items in the collection may be viewed here


Collection Photos


Basket in the Marietta Wetherill Collection

Basket bowl, coiled. White willow background with black decorations, large black center with white crosses around edge of black. Rectangular stepped design in black to rim is narrow black and white circular bands. Pima or Western Apache. Marietta Wetherill Collection.

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2011

April, 2011 Wetherill Tour of Wetherill sites in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

 Tour Photos Canyon De Chelly

These photos are of a trip in early 2011 by four members of the Wetherill family, James Wetherill Shaffner, Tocky Wetherill Bialobrzeski, Ted Wetherill and Marie Garcia Shaffner. They visited most major archeological sites visited or discovered by the Wetherill brothers in the late 1800's and early 1900. These sites include Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Arizona, Betatakin Navajo National Monument and Canyon De Chelly National Park.

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 2011

October, 2011 Wetherill tour to Cave 7, Blanding Utah.

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Cave 7, Utah

The hike to Cave 7 made by Wetherill family members and others, stopped at alcoves with ancient ruins in them before hiking o Cave 7.  One of them is Cave 8 and probably excavated by the Hyde Exploration Expedition. The group included four Wetherill descendants and the great grandson of Platte D. Lyman who helped build a house and corral in the valley which ultimately became the Milk Ranch and where Cave 7 is located. Cave 7 is considered one of the most important archeological discoveries in North America.

On November 29, 1893, Richard Wetherill led the Hyde Exploring Expedition from Mancos, CO to Grand Gulch UT. After a stop in Bluff, UT for supplies they headed north on December 11.  In a letter written six days later, addressed from “First Valley Cottonwood Creek 30 miles North Bluff City,” Richard Wetherill wrote:

Our success has surpassed all expectations….In the cave we are now working we have taken 28 skeletons and two more in sight and curious to tell, and a thing that will surprise the archaeologists of the country is the fact of our finding them at a depth of five and six feet in a cave in which there are cliff dwellings and we find the bodies under the ruins, three feet below any cliff dweller sign. They are a different race from anything I have ever seen. They had feather cloth and baskets, no pottery–six of the bodies had stone spear heads in them.  

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2011

October, 2011 Wetherill tour to locate the Tiz-Nat-Zin trading post near Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
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 Site of Tiz-Nat-Zin Trading Post of 1900 The location of the Tiz-Nat-Zin Trading was lost for many decades.  With the help of "Google Earth Mapping"  Harvey Leake was able to pinpoint it's approximate location and walked to it on the expedition with Wetherill family members and others. class="auto-style2"The location of the Winslow Wetherill trading post called Tiz-Nat-Zin is upstream from the Don Gleason Bridge on Highway 371. Opened in 1901 by the Hyde Exploration Expedition and managed for a year or so by Winslow Wetherill. It was formerly the Swirer's Store opened in 1878. The store was operated by two German brothers who introduced the Germantown wool yarn to the Navajo's. These rugs were produced primarily for the wall hanging market. The Marietta Palmer family stopped here in 1895 guided by Richard Wetherill.

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2011

October, 2011 tour of Sandal House, Ute Tribal Park next to Mesa Verde, Colorado.
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 Sandal House, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Colorado Sandal House was one of the first ruins entered by the  Wetherills. It was visited prior to the discovery Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House in December of 1888.  It was here that Richard Wetherill led the Palmer family including Marietta Palmer his future wife on an exploration trip.  The family camped her for a couple of weeks, just below the ruins in a grove of Box Elder trees.  Richard rode to the area several times to ask them if they needed anything. class="auto-style2"Traveling to Sandal House from the Ute Tribal Park entrance around the Mesa Verde plateau and exiting to Mancos, Colorado and the Alamo Ranch.  Photos of pictographs, ruins and the spectacular landscape along the way with old photos to give a different perspective.  Recent rain made the roads almost impassable but for the four wheel drive vehicles.  Author Fred Blackburn conducted the tour with author Robert Sanchez.  It was Robert that may have found an inscription by Winslow Wetherill.  It had never been deciphered before until Robert stumbled upon it.  Marie Garcia Shaffner was photographer and Jim Shaffner the organizer and grandson of Richard Wetherill.  Mitchell Deer, Ute Tribal Member also was in attendance.

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2008

June , 2008 Wetherill, Mason reunion, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde
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Kathy and Terry Watson.  Great granddaughters of Richard Wetherill

Kathy Watson Johnson and Terry Watson, great granddaughters of Richard Wetherill at the 2008 Wetherill Mason reunion, Mesa Verde.

 

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2007

2007 Wetherill Reunion in Pennsylvania

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2007 Wetherill Reunion in Pennsylvania

The reunion included an evening get together and dinner. The next day members of the family visited the Robert Wetherill factory site, home and, Wetherill Mausoleum near Chester Pennsylvania.  Several days were spent visiting Philadelphia and surrounding historical sites.

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2006

Wetherill-Mason gathering May 10, 2006 in Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park.

Wetherill reunion photo

This photo was taken at the Wetherill-Mason gathering May 10, 2006 in Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park. Most persons in the foreground are direct, Wetherill or Mason descendants. The photo was superimposed over the original photo of Al and John Wetherill during excavations in 1891. Original photo taken by Gustav Nordenskiold. Superimposed photo by Robert Jensen.

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2006

The Wetherill family gathered at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park next to the Mesa Verde National Park June 30, 2006 to view sites visited by the Wetherills between 1888 and 1890.

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Eagle Nest Ruin, Ute Tribal Park, Mesa Verde, Colorado.

Members of the Wetherill family members Cris Fine, Sarah Fine and the Ute Tribal member guide sitting on the cliff top at Eagle Nest House, Ute Mountain Tribal Park.

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1998 

Wetherill descendants assembled near Cottonwood Wash for a group picture with authors and those responsible for organizing the Wetherill Seminar in 1998.  The group made a decision to establish a Wetherill family archive at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado.

Wetherill Seminar

 

 

Where to stay during your visit to Mesa Verde



 

Sundance Bear Lodge is located four miles north of Mancos, Colorado, base camp for touring the 4 Corners area.



Willowtail Springs

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Cliff Palace Park Ranger dressed as Virginia McClure

Cliff Palace Park Ranger dressed as Virginia McClure


 

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde Colorado

Joseph Weixelman re-enactment of Richard Wetherill's discovery of Cliff Palace in 1888.  In observance of the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of Mesa Verde National Park 2006