Spruce Tree House: the story of its name

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Comments (18)

Marilyn Whiteley on March 25, 2008

When two ranchers discovered this site in 1888, there was a spruce tree near the house, growing as high as the mesa. According to the story, the men gained access to the house by climbing down the tree (which a later explorer chopped down).

Lecleire Jacques on March 25, 2008

Great picture Marilyn, Thanks very much for sharing.

Greetings, Jacques

thor☼odin™ on March 25, 2008

thank you very much Marilyn I like this tale as I like the setting and your rendition of it. Intrigueing. Yours Peter

sylfantheo(Pascal) on March 25, 2008

Very beautiful place Marilyn thank you fqr this good shot !

Amities , pascal

MaryAlice on March 25, 2008


What truly neat and amazing places you found on your journey through Colorado. This is intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing these fascinating gems that I would otherwise probably never get to see or learn so much about.

Warm regards,

Mary Alice

EVA_L on March 26, 2008

Thanks for sharing, dear Marilyn! Wonderful image. Best wishes. Eva

Giulio Colla on March 26, 2008


It compliments for this new series of photo! A lot interesting and with beautiful shot!

Regards, Giulio

Hank Waxman on March 26, 2008

I really like this one, Marilyn. The snow in the foreground couldn't have been easy to capture. Are you sure you stayed on the trail?


DeEtte Fisher on March 26, 2008

I love the indian ruins! We visited some in Arizona many years ago, and they were facisnating. I'd love to see more someday. Thanks for sharing this, Marilyn!

Greetings, DeEtte

Tjeert.Mensinga © on March 27, 2008

Great picture Marilyn and also for to share them in this resolution,so we can take a close and good look Y*!! Best regards, Tjeert

Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2008

Thanks, all of you: Jacques, Peter, Pascal, MaryAlice, Eva, Giulio, Hank, DeEtte, and Tjeert (and Tjeert for th Y*). I wasn't expecting this response; I only posted the photo to answer the question of how Spruce Tree House got its name!

Hank, I certainly stayed on the trail, since it almost always had a steep "up" on one side and a steep "down" on the other, and I'm no mountain goat!

Greetings, Marilyn

May M. B. (Swissmay) on March 28, 2008

Wonderful, Marilyn! Those are the places I'd love to explore. Thank you for the information about it's name and for sharing this very special photo of yours. It made me look at the internet for more information.

I admire the skill and the cleverness of the people living in the 13th century in this place to have made such use of the cave in the cliff for the population of a big family (80 persons). Protected of the manyfold dangers.

My best wishes, May

Tamás Borbély on March 28, 2008

Hello Marilyn ! They are very special buildings in the beautiful environment!On Hungary there are similar, in rock hollowed house from the 11th century and missionaries lived in him.I did not take a photo of it yet unfortunately :-( My best greetings, Tamás

Pepe Triton on March 28, 2008

A very interesting history Marilyn. The shot is wonderful too.

Marilyn Whiteley on March 28, 2008

Thank you, May, Tamás, and Pepe. I am glad you looked up the information, May. It is a remarkable history--and mysterious, too, that the people left rather suddenly.

I didn't know about the rock houses in Hungary, Tamás, though I knew there are some in Europe. Although these were build in natural caves, they are made of blocks of stone.

Best wishes, Marilyn

Jewels on April 14, 2008

Yes, great story and picture. Always appreciate any history that goes with the view. Well done! (Julie)

spencer baugh on January 8, 2009

I'm working on an architectural project for Mesa Verde right now in our office. I have never been, but hope to go soon, as well as Navajo, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco, etc.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 9, 2009

Sorry I missed your comment, Julie! I guess we were leaving for South America at the time. Belated thanks.

And spence-ation, I hope you do get there and to the other spots and share your photos with us!

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  • Uploaded on March 25, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/03/15 16:01:51
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    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
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