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Fans watch a spring training baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies at Hohokam Park Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Hohokam Stadium is seen during a spring training baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, March 2, 2009, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Sam Lewis, 93, of Payson, who is one of three suriving grandchildren of Elmer and Anna Rebecca Lewis of Mesa, attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mesa Grande Ruins Visitors Center at 1000 Date Street in Mesa on Tuesday. Lewis still gets emotional when talking about what the 6-acre site with a 27-foot mound meant to him as a boy growing up there in the 1920s. The center, which also will include a walking trail, is scheduled to be completed in early 2013. (Mike Sakal/Tribune)
Stephanie Wright, co-chair of the Mesa Grande Community Alliance (center), Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (far right) and Dale Marr (left, president of Concord General Contracting) helpd break ground for the Mesa Grande Ruins Visitors Center at 1000 Date Street off near Brown Road in west Mesa on Tuesday. the approximate 1,000-square-foot center is scheduled to be completed in early 2013. (Mike Sakal/Tribune)
Mesa city officials, historic preservation officials and members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community break ground on the Mesa Grande Ruins Visitors Center at 1000 Date Street near Brown Road in west Mesa on Tuesday. (Mike Sakal/Tribune)
Forthcoming Mesa Grande Ruins Visitors Center: A conceptual drawing of what the Mesa Grande Ruins Visitors Center will look like when it is completed sometime in early 2013. City officials and historic preservation officials broke ground on the approximate 1,000-square-foot cneter at 1000 Date Street in Mesa on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of City of Mesa)
Groundskeepers prepare Hohokam Park for a Spring Training game in Mesa, Monday, March 5, 2012. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Chicago Cubs fans watch as their team takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training game at Hohokam Park.
Chicago Cubs fans watch as their team takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training game at Hohokam Park in Mesa in March 2010.
The prehistoric Hohokam used the Salt River to create a society that thrived for hundreds of years, only to collapse. Our modern society relies on that same river — but does that mean we could face the same fate as the Hohokam?
Learn more about the significance of water in the desert through “Choosing a Future with Water: Lessons from the Hohokam,” a free exhibition at the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology in Tempe. The exhibit, on display from Monday, March 7, through April 15, compares and contrasts ancient Hohokam examples of delivering water and modern-day challenges.
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Mesa's Hohokam Stadium will host the Western Athletic Conference baseball championship tournament beginning next spring.
Bruce Wenzlau and his wife Susan stood in the sand of a kiddie play area in Mesa’s Riverview Park watching two of their six grandchildren play.
ANCIENT DISCOVERY: Archeologist Walter Duering stands in an ancient Hohokam canal in 2006 during a years-long excavation of the expansive waterways system near the north end of Dobson Road and Eighth Street in Mesa.
Stare into a pit house at Pueblo Grande Museum, and you'll get a taste of the Hohokam people and their hardscrabble lives. Look around the ruins and you can almost see it one millennia earlier: Women grinding corn under wood arbors; men scratching canals from the banks of the rolling Salt River - then a Southwest 727 lumbers across your sightline and you remember you're in east Phoenix.
ANCIENT HARDBALL: Artifacts at Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum include this ball, used by Hohokam athletes to play an ancient hybrid of basketball and hockey. At bottom is an excavated stadium where the game was played.
While Chase Field in Phoenix was filled with Arizona Diamondbacks fans, Hohokam Stadium in Mesa was adorned with Chicago Cubs banners, logos, pictures, and a few more Diamondbacks fans.
After years without funding, a Mesa site containing ancient ruins is set to receive enough money to take the first step toward becoming a tourist destination.
Long-awaited: Mesa is looking to make the Mesa Grande ruins on the corner of Date and 10th Street into a public park. The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has OK’d $150,000 for a project at the ancient Hohokam settlement.