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Fixer Upper? Old Stone Ruins South of Picacho Peak, Arizona

Old stone ruins south of Red Rock, Arizona

These old stone ruins surely have a story to tell, but they're not talking.  I was exploring west of the Santa Cruz River yesterday afternoon when I came upon them.

Standing all alone in the desert southwest of Picacho Peak, they are built of the volcanic rock that was the areas most abundant building resource a century ago.  Most of the lintels are gone, but a few remain.  The walls of the interior were plastered white, and the home must have been something to see in it's heyday.

The cresote bushes in the front yard may be as old as a thousand years, but that's another story.  (Google creosote bushes if you're interested.)

That's Picacho Peak in the midground of the photo.  It's the site of the most westerly battle of the Civil War.  I wish you could have come along for the hike.  Maybe next time.  Call me.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsMike Jones • November 28 2009 10:27PM

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A goal in 2010 is to take more time for myself.  You will be seeing me down south.  BTW, UofA ALL THE WAY!!! What a game and what a tremendous bus ride home!

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 10 years ago

Okay, I love the photo, but asking me to come along on a hike is a little too much!

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Hmmm...what do you think the lone hiker will think of our homes in the next century?

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 10 years ago

Oh, is this why you wanted to know if I was coming to Tuc-son?  That would have been fun.  There is a ghost town somewhere around there.  I've been to it, but that was in the 80's and I don't remember exactly where it was. 

 

should have had this here

 

LOL!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Mike, This is what I call a heavy fixer, not for the novice. Hope you had a creat Thanksgiving

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 10 years ago

Mike, The Tucson area is on my bucket list for sure. When I get out that way, I will look you up...

Helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Mike,

Loren Green said it better than I could.

This link is worth following.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOgs42dnZjs

Thanks.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 10 years ago

Wow!  If you could find out the history of the building that would prove interesting.  

The only problem with the resalemay be the appraisal.  If the appraiser is on his or her toes,  he or she may require a roof certification.   

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Another GREAT Mike Jones photo.  Makes you wonder who lived there and where did they go.  What did they do to survive?  Just the kind of thing I would hike the trails for!  Thanks for sharing. (**heading upstairs ... I have another $5 for the Tuscon trip jar!**)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 10 years ago

Mike, So you've invited me and Doreen to Tucson. maybe we should get together sometime and do that.

I showed my son who is an artist and likes to paint beautiful skies your pictures. He loved them.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Very, very cool.  What is a "lintel"?

Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 10 years ago

If the stones could talk what a story we might hear. Thanks letting us take a peek into history.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

I would happily have gone on that hike with you.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with lots of fun and food with family and friends.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Mike  I love to take hikes in unique areas - much more interesting and educational than a walk in town

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

Karen,

That it is!  And who thought December would come this quickly?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

hey Mike, I saw this on facebook and came over to check it out! I always enjoy the pictures you post after doing some exploring!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Russell,

I love that Facebook link!  Thanks for stopping by; I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Beautiful site for a home... wish I was there for that walk.

Posted by John Morgan over 10 years ago

Mike - That photo really makes you contemplate the history of the building!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike - Great pictue as always. I didn't know that civil way battles happened in Arizona. I'm not sure why anyone would bother.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Mike, I usually think of Arizona as being flat desert.  Now I'll have to go look at a map to see those mountain peaks.  The "How the Earth was Made" tv series has "peaked" my interest in geology.  Thanks for the great photo.

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) over 10 years ago

Sallie,

It's not flat at all!  The San Francisco Peaks had a blizzard warning for all of today, as did much of the state above 6,000 feet.

Larry,

People got killed at that battle, so someone cared.

BarbaraJo,

That's my sentiment exactly.

JD,

Let's go hike there next time you come west.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike - this looks like an incredibly interesting hike, and the scenery is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago

That area has many pre-historic as well as historic sites--including the westernmost battlefield of the Civil War at Picacho. Let's work to make sure the state and the railroads don't destroy these sites just as the rest of the nation is commemorating the Civil War 150th anniversary (2011-15)!

Posted by Andy Masich over 10 years ago

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