Zach

Zach

Posted on 08/24/2013


Photo taken on August 13, 2013



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Hualapai
La Paz
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concentration camp
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La Paz and the Hualapai concentration camp

La Paz and the Hualapai concentration camp
One can just barely see the printing on this sign which reads:

NOTICE

This area is protected under the American Antiquities Act of June 8, 1906.

Do not appropriate, excavate, injure or destroy ruins, monuments or objects of antiquity. Violations punishable by $500 fine, 90 days imprisonment or both. (U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture).


The American Antiquities Act was intended to protect sensitive historic sites which were otherwise being looted, abused, vandalized or subjected to profit making land claims. Congress, however, did not vote any money to enforce the Act for 10 years (until 1916). Even then only $3,500 was allocated to protect 30 widely scattered national monuments. The amount was raised (not by much) to $20,750 in 1924. One way for the monument managers to overcome the financial problems was to assign nearby forest or park rangers the task of “managing” the monuments. This was only slightly better than having no management at all.

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