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Exploring Pioneer Living History Museum: An Authentic, Unfinished Wild West

Exploring Pioneer Living History Museum: An Authentic, Unfinished Wild West

Leaving the Pioneer Living History Museum, you’ll see a sign that reads Thanks for Coming Pardner, with what appears to be a frontier version of Lionel Richie.

It’s the last of several reminders that the Museum is as much a relic of the period in which it was brought to life – it opened in 1969 – as it is the 1800s. The village’s highlights are its original and reconstructed buildings, but the space between feels at times half-finished, as though the dream never quite came to fruition.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Sunset Crater Q&A: Facts About Arizona’s Youngest Volcano

Sunset Crater Q&A: Facts About Arizona’s Youngest Volcano

What type of volcano is Sunset Crater?

Sunset Crater is a cinder cone volcano. Among the smallest of the volcanoes, a cinder cone erupts gently, spewing small globs of lava that cool into volcanic pebbles called cinders.

Over the course of the eruption, cinders pile into a steep-sided cone, forming a deep crater around the volcano’s vent. Cinder cones are also known as scoria cones.

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