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  THE CLIFF-DWELLERS - Near the Anthropological Building, in the southern part of the park, was the striking reproduction which is portrayed in the engraving. It represented Battle Rock Mountain, in the Mac Eimo Valley of Colorado. It had the appearance of rock and earth, though built of timbers, iron, staff, stone and boards, and paint was used to simulate nature. The entrance was into a cavern, made to give the effects of a canyon, and in niches, high up, were the miniature houses of the ancient men who once peopled the mesas and table lands of the southwestern territories. These houses were built one-sixth of the real size, but portions of the real houses were also displayed, in order to give a clear and truthful impression to the visitor. In another room was a museum of relics, showing remains of the cliff-dwellers and their implements, weapons and pottery. The reader is to know that, ages ago, a people, for reasons unknown, sought niches in the cliffs, now hundreds of feet above the rivers, and there, in places almost inaccessible, built their houses and villages. Ledges of rock were shown in a fallen state, with houses crushed beneath, and houses again built above them. Tortuous paths led up the cliffs and through to the outer air, whence the visitor might ascent to the summit, as seen in the engraving. A fee of twenty-five cents was charged to enter this instructive exhibit, which was one of the worthiest entertainments of the Exposition.
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