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THIS WEB SITE WAS INSPIRED BY THE LONG AGO 1978 L. A. TIMES STORY SHOWN BELOW

 

 

 

 


 

 

Sgt. Stephen Mckalco took this 1932  U.S. Army Air Force photo which brought the extraordinary glyphs to the public eye.  In1932 there was not a mark on the glyph.

 

 


 

 

BY THE 1960S THE VERY SAME GLYPH LAY HORRIBLY MUTILATED.

Nat Geo photo showing purported damage from off road vehicles


 

Smithsonian photo showing purported off road vehicle damage.

BY THE 1970S THE DAMAGE WAS EVEN GREATER.

DIRT BIKERS WERE BLAMED


 

 

 

TEXT FROM FEBRUARY 6 1978 LA TIMES FLIMFLAM ENVIRONMENTAL  STORY THAT PROVIDED THE INSPIRATION FOR THE IDEAS OF THIS ENTIRE WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

LIKE CAPTAIN AHAB AND THE WHITE WHALE --- MY BLUE COLLAR BRAIN HAS BEEN OBSESSED WITH REFUTING THAT 1978 LA TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL STORY FROM THE MOMENT I READ IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 


HISTORICAL LANDMARK # 101


 

 Below left:  1957 Blythe city worker examines 1932 roadside sign inviting tourists to the then pristine glyphs.

 

 

 

Above right: In 1932 the Department of Public Works designated the site as Historical Landmark No. 101 and placed this roadside monument marking the site for passing motorists

Red arrow points to position of the glyph 4 tenths of a mile up the pictured dirt road

 


 

The same site today.

 

Arrow in top photo shows current sign directing today's tourist traffic to the now fenced glyphs 4 tenths of a mile up dirt road.  Detail right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This letter to Desert magazine  sometime  in late 1940's I think.  I lost the actual date.  The BLM let that damage happen not dirt bikers as the L A Times and the BLM would have you believe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1957 DESERT MAGAZINE MOTOR LOG LEFT CLEARLY SHOWS UNFENCED PARKING LOT4 TENTHS OF A MILE UP DIRT ROAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELOW IS ANOTHER OF SGT McKALKO'S BEAUTIFUL 1932 ARMY AIR FORCE PHOTOS

 

Red arrows point to tracks from scientist's first road trip to the site.  Left most arrow later becomes unfenced parking lot 4 tenths of a mile from nearby highway 95.

Blue arrow points to a faint prehistoric J shaped foot trail connecting to the dance circle.  This later becomes significant.


THE FIRST DONUTS

1952 Nat Geo photo below.

BY 1952 TWO ARTFUL AND DISTINCT DONUTS APPEAR DIRECTLY ON THE GLYPH ITSELF. 

No other donuts to be seen on entire site at this time --- see all other photos in Sept. 1952 National Geographic.

The J shaped foot trail is not to be seen.  The small animal is off camera. 

NOTE PARTICULARLY, THE PATHETIC ROCK BARRIER PLACED BY THE BLM TO REGULATE PARKING AT THE SITE.


 

UNDATED UNITED STATES NAVY PHOTO ABOUT 25 YEARS LATER.

RED ARROWS POINT TO BLM STONE PARKING BARRIER NOW BREACHED COMPLETELY.

 

SAME GLYPH FROM AN OBLIQUE ANGLE

YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF THERE ARE NO DONUTS ANYWHERE BUT ON OR NEAR THE GLYPHS THEM SELVES INDICATING PURPOSEFUL DESIGN

 

 

 

 

THE SOUTHMOST GLYPH VIRGINAL IN 1932


 


 SAME GLYPH TODAY (PUBLISHED REVERSED AND TILTED) (Not by me).

Only a government agency (probably the BLM) could have made that bulldozer cut seen above allowing motor access to this previously isolated glyph.

That cut has since been closed and now very few visitors ever make the effort to walk across the wash that divides this glyph from the others.

GOOGLE EARTH MAP BELOW

 

IT IS CLEAR THAT THE DONUTS DO NOT RESULT FROM EXCESSIVE OFF-ROADING AS LA TIMES STORY CLAIMS BUT RATHER FROM LACKLUSTER BLM IGNORANCE AND MISMANAGEMENT OVER DECADES

THE BLM DID IT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLYPH A 1951

Drawn by Harner, summer 1951.
University California archaeological survey
No. 20, March 1953,  pg. 1.
(Blue arrow mine)

THE 1951 SCIENTIFIC DRAWING BY HARNER ABOVE SHOWS A SHORT J SHAPED FOOT TRAIL  (BLUE ARROW) CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO THE DANCE CIRCLE.

FOOT PATHS ARE A COMMONLY KNOWN FEATURE OF PREHISTORIC DESERT INDIAN RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOR

 

 

GLYPH A 1952

National Geographic Magazine Sept. 1952.
General of the Army George C. Marshall, author.

 

ONLY ONE YEAR LATER (1952) THE FOOT TRAIL IN HARNER'S 1951 RENDERING DISAPPEARS WHILE A NEW LINEAR FOOTPATH NOW DIRECTLY CONNECTS THE ORIGINAL PARKING LOT STONE BARRIER TO THE PREHISTORIC DANCE CIRCLE AND THE VERY FIRST DONUTS APPEAR DIRECTLY UPON THE ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURE.

NO OTHER DONUTS ON SITE --- SEE COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOS SEPT. 1952 NAT GEO.

 

 

 

THE WINDOW FOR THE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN THAT GLYPH IN 1951-1952 WAS EXCEEDINGLY SHORT --- ONE YEAR

THOSE CHANGES MADE WITHIN THAT WINDOW OF ONE YEAR COULD ONLY HAVE OCCURRED THROUGH PURPOSEFUL HUMAN DESIGN

THAT 1951-1952 SEGUE SEEN ABOVE MARKS THE ENTRANCE OF A VITAL, LONG STANDING PREHISTORIC AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGION INTO ITS MODERN  NOW PRACTICED SECRETLY

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL OPINION

THE ANCESTORS DRIVE UP U. S. HWY. 95 ON SYMBOLIC CARS THEY GOT FROM THE ENTRANCES  OF ABANDONED MINES, WELLS AND CAVES --- THEY TURN INTO THE 4 TENTHS OF DIRT ROAD TO THE PARKING LOT --- GET OUT OF THE CAR AND TAKE THE RELIGIOUS FOOT TRAIL TO THE DANCE CIRCLE AND SIMPLY DANCE --- --- I HAVE NO CLUE AS TO  THE PURPOSE OF THE RELIGIOUS VEHICULAR DONUTS EXCEPT TO SAY THEY ARE RELIGIOUS AS HELL

 

 

 

I HAVE A LARGE COLLECTION OF DONUT PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE THE ONE PICTURED BELOW.  THE HEARTH IT ENCIRCLES IS A MODERN RELIGIOUS HEARTH ON A FEDERALLY REGISTERED AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS SITE TO BE LEFT UNNAMED.


 

DONUTS APPEAR ON THIS SITE (AND OTHERS) REGULARLY AND IT IS MANY OTHER DONUTS SEEN AT OTHER RELIGIOUS SITES THAT LED ME TO REALIZE THAT THE VEHICULAR IMPACTS AT THE BLYTHE INTAGLIOS WERE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE

(INSIGNIFICANT FOREGROUND ITEM REMOVED BY MICROSOFT DIGITAL IMAGE, SMART ERASE TO HELP MASK SITE IDENTITY)

 

 

 

 

WE NOW SHOW THAT CALIFORNIA DESERT INDIANS PURPOSEFULLY PLACE RELIGIOUS "DONUTS" AROUND THE GLYPHS  TO THIS DAY

 

 

 

 

 

COMPLETE PROTECTION DID NOT OCCUR UNTIL AROUND 1977 WHEN A CABLE BARRIER WAS PLACED ALONG THE MAIN ACCESS ROAD


PHOTO FROM THE OTHER END OF THE BARRIER LOOKING EAST TOWARD HIGHWAY 95.  RED ARROW POINTS TO EFFECTIVE CABLE BARRIER.  WITH THE CABLE BARRIER UP THE INDIANS DO THE BEST THEY CAN MAKING DONUTS AS CLOSE TO THE GLYPHS AS THEY CAN GET --- THIS IS ONE OF THOSE


  

ANOTHER DONUT IS PLACED CLOSE TO THE EAST END OF THE CABLE BARRIER LOOKING IN FROM THE HWY. --- RED ARROW POINTS TO CABLE BARRIER.  BLUE ARROW POINTS TO GLYPH AT THE NOW FENCED 4 TENTHS PARKING LOT.


ACROSS THE ROAD STILL LOOKING IN FROM THE HWY.

THIS DONUT HAS A RELIGIOUS HEARTH IN ITS CENTER --- CABLE BARRIER AT RED ARROW


 

CABLE BARRIER PUT UP IN 1977

THE 1977 CABLE BARRIER PREVENTS THE INDIANS FROM MAKING THEIR RELIGIOUS DONUTS DIRECTLY UPON THE GLYPHS, SO THEY DO THE NEXT BEST THING --- PUT THEM OUTSIDE THE CABLE BARRIER AS CLOSE TO THE GLYPHS AS THEY CAN GET AND AT THE SAME GENERAL REGULARITY OF ONE OR TWO DONUTS A YEAR THAT BEGAN AROUND 1950.

(THIRD SOUTH MOST GLYPH IS OUTSIDE BARRIER TO LEFT).


 

CLOSE UP OF RELIGIOUS HEARTH --- BOTTOM ARROW POINTS TO CRUSHED DRINK CAN --- UPPER ARROW POINTS TO A FRAGMENT OF A CERAMIC PIPE JOINT

 

DETAILS OF CRUSHED CAN AND PIPE JOINT FRAGMENT --- BROKEN OFFERINGS

 

 

 

 

Addendum

Recent visit shows the Indians still adding new donuts these many years later.  June 2010

 

 

Passing by the Blythe site very recently (June 2010) I discovered the new donut sets you see below.

 

 

 

 

 

Lower two donuts below.

 

 

 

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