Finding Mesa Verde
Of course, Europeans and their ancestors in the American West rarely “discovered” anything. They simply rediscovered what indigenous tribes already knew. So was the case with the Wetherill brothers of southwest Colorado, now staples in the historical timeline of Mesa Verde National Park and its 600 Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings. Nevertheless, the brothers’ story bears retelling, their contributions to the historical record of the park paramount to its national—and ultimately international—recognition.