Then, Now and Forever
The Hohokam Indians seem to have materialized from a void and then vanished across the landscape. But in their time, from about 300 B.C. to 1450 A.D., they made the high Sonoran Desert bloom. They excavated complex canal systems to irrigate their fields of corn, beans and squash. They dug wells to tap underground water sources. They cultivated fruit bearing cactus and other desert flora and maintained sprawling plantations of agave for food and fiber. Roasting pits and remnants of a village square and 26 pit houses evidence that a major Hohokam population center existed in Dove Mountain. Why the Hohokams chose to live here remains evident today in the land’s comforting beauty.