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Dilkon, Arizona

Posted by graywacke on March 2, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Well, after 5 USers in a row, I’ve hit my second OSer in a row . . . AZ; 81/73; 6/10; 5; 155.0.  Here’s my landing map, which shows that I landed out in the middle of nowhere:

In a highly unusual move, I’m featuring a town (Dilkon) that is not in bold print on my landing map.  It turns out that Dilkon is quite substantial, with a population of over 1,000.  Anyway, here’s a broader view:

Here’s my GE shot, showing an unusual landscape, that I immediately took to be volcanic in nature (I was right).  Note that the prominent geological feature to the south is Yellow Butte:

Here’s an oblique view:

Here’s a Street View shot (looking north), with Yellow Butte on the right, and my landing about 1.5 miles away in the hills in the rear:

I landed in the watershed of the Coyote Wsh (my 8th Coyote watershed, so it becomes the 59th watershed with what I call a “common name.”)  The Coyote Wash flows to the Whe-Yol-Da Sah Wash (very cool name!); on to the Jadito Wash; on to the Corn Creek Wash (why not simply “Corn Creek?”); on to the Little Colorado River (15th hit); on to the Colorado (157th hit).

Even though the name “Dilkon” doesn’t sound Native American, it is (from Wiki):

Dilkon (Navajo: Tsézhin Dilkǫǫh), is a town in Navajo County AZ.  Its population was 1,265 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is said to be derived from the Navajo phrase “smooth black rock” or “bare surface”.

Here’s an aerial view of part of the town:

Here’s a shot of “Dilkon Hill,” just south of town (Panaramio, David Jer):

Here’s a picture of Yellow Butte (Blaine Farnsworth, Panaramio):

This is a truly spectacular area, as evidenced from some Panaramio shots.  Here’s a shot of some local buttes (Sci Adam):

And here are a couple of close-ups – first one of Shonto Butte by Raymond Coveney:

And this, by “stas 1992”:

It turns out that Dilkon has some notoriety in environmental circles.  I have lifted some excerpts from a book entitled “From the Ground Up:  Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement”  by Luke Cole & Sheila Foster.  This is an interesting story.  Being in the environmental field myself, I find myself a fence-sitter on the broad issues discussed here.  Sometimes local residents are irrationally negative; but even if that’s the case (which I don’t know for Dilkon),  one can fully understand their frustration and concern.

I’ll close with this truly lovely sunset picture, over the Navajo Nation, north of my landing (Maciej Strekowski):

That’ll do it. . .



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