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Ken-Caryl South Valley Archaeological District

Updated 2022-08-26
  • South Valley Rock Outcrops

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    From at least the Middle Archaic period to the Early Ceramic period, prehistoric peoples used the many large rock outcrops in South Valley as shelters.
    South Valley Rock Outcrops
  • South Valley

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    South Valley's mild weather would have made the area an attractive winter camp, especially with the southwest-facing rock shelters providing warmth from the sun and protection from snows and north winds.
    South Valley
  • Lockheed Martin

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    In 1974, the insulation and roofing company Johns-Manville built a large headquarters at the southwest end of the valley and formed the Ken-Caryl Ranch Corporation to develop the area. In the 1980s, Johns-Manville sold its property to Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), which later allowed Jefferson County Open Space to buy South Valley Park to save it from development.
    Lockheed Martin
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