February 20, 2007
Jerry Hassemer, Ray Kinsman and Dave Engleman check out the matates
once used for grinding corn just south of the Spanish Ruins at the
end of Doll Baby Ranch Road in the Mazatzal Wilderness. The Rim
Country Museum of Archeology on Main Street has reference materials
on who exactly ground the corn and whether or not the ruins are
actually Spanish. "The Spanish probably never came this far North,"
Engleman said. The ruins date back the late 1800s and look like a
large corral made with rock walls. There is a doorway in the
southeast corner that faces east. Five feet or so away from that
doorway is a wall that could have been used to direct animals
(horses or sheep) to veer right.