Government asked to expand Casa Grande ruins

Cooledge, Arizona (AP) May 2010

Around 700 years ago, Hohokam Indian ruins near Coolidge were bustling with activity.

Ancient dwellers farmed and irrigated fields, lived in mud baked condos and even played ball.

It’s been a long time since anyone has lived there and now a move is under way to preserve what’s left.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick introduced a bill that would add 415 acres containing ancient canals, ball courts, fields and mounds built to support structures to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

The proposed expansion would nearly double the size of the existing 472-acre Casa Grande monument.

Kirkpatrick said the measure is scheduled for a June 10 hearing before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Rep. Raul Grijalva.