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Bloomfield, New Mexico

Posted by graywacke on March 19, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day 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 –  After TX, I’m staying in the neighborhood (and a US neighborhood at that), with this landing in . . . NM; 66/75; 5/10; 1; 152.1.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Bloomfield and the San Juan River:


This was my 16th landing in the San Juan R watershed; on to the Colorado (149th hit).  Here’s a broader view:


Here’s my GE shot, showing an arid landscape:


While perusing GE, I noted a peculiar heavy dark line across the earth, north of my landing:


Here’s a close-up of the western end of the line, showing that it’s an aqueduct heading into (or out of) a tunnel:


Using Street View, I was able to get this look at the aqueduct, where it crosses under a road a few miles west of my landing:


I’ve done a little searching, and couldn’t find any info about the aqueduct . . .

Moving right along, to Bloomfield.  Well, I’m here to say that I could nothing about the history of Bloomfield, or anything of particular interest about Bloomfield.  It’s pretty big, with a population of about 6,000.  I’m sure it’s a fine community, but some local historians need to put some local information out there on the web . . .

What I could find was that there’s an Anasazi site (part of the Chaco complex) just west of Bloomfield known as the Salmon Ruins.  From FirstPeople.us, I’ve excerpted from an article by Lynne Escue:

UPDATE:  I’ve been asked by Lynne Escue to remove my excerpts, so I did.  I suggest that you go to the First People website to read her article:

http://www.firstpeople.us/articles/The-Salmon-Ruins/The-Salmon-Ruins.html

Here are some pictures of  the ruins:


I’ll close with this shot of the outlet of the Navajo Dam (which spans the San Juan River), located about 20 mi NE of my landing:

That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

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