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Hemet Maze Stone - California Historical Landmark #557

3 panoramas; 2 detail screens; photographed on November 11, 2012

 

Hidden away in the hills above Hemet California is an ancient Native American pictograph of a maze. Although it had stood unblemished for countless centuries, it wasn’t long after the area became “civilized” that someone decided to supplement the original work with the addition in the lower left corner. Today, the stone is protected by double chain link fences. Although that detracts considerably from the viewing experience, at least it protects against further abuse.

You can use the navigation buttons in the lower left corner of the panorama window above to look to the left and right, up and down, and to zoom in and out. If you prefer, you can also look around by moving the mouse with the left button held down, and you can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out. When you are ready, click on one of the hot links to move to the next panorama. If you have trouble finding the hot links, the “Guide” button can be used to reveal them. For the best visual experience, click on the “Full Screen” button.  

Be sure to click on the two detail screens for close-ups of the pictograph and the plaque commemorating it. As you contemplate this enigmatic image, take a minute to look out over the valley below, listen to the wind, and think back on a time long passed.

More information on the Maze Stone can be found through the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemet_Maze_Stone

 http://www.ceres.ca.gov/geo_area/counties/Riverside/landmarks.html

http://articles.latimes.com/1991-06-11/news/mn-515_1_hemet-maze

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