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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Centerville Medicine Wheel

We went and found the Centerville Medicine Wheel. The Centerville Trails book refers to it as the Wagon Wheel, but I think it reminds me more of a medicine wheel.
Basically, it's a round rock circle with a center hub with 9 spokes radiating out from it. The circle is probably 30-40 feet across. I struggled in getting a good photo of it. Maybe you can do better.
The wheel is high on the Bonneville Shoreline bench, east of the Deuel Creek North trailhead. It's not on any trail, so it doesn't seem to see very many visitors. As we got into the area, we saw a herd of 8 or 9 mule deer. They quickly moved to other locations.
I spoke with a friend who knows quite a bit about archeoastronomy, and afterward wished I had taken compass readings for each of the rays of the wheel. Who knows if this is an indian creation, or one of more recent date. If you know anything, please let me know!

While we were in the area, we also found the remnants of an old mine. It was on a lower shoreline terrace and was much easier to access.
I'm not sure what they were mining, but they sure put a lot of effort into it. I walked up toward the rock face just to look at it. At the base of the rock, there is a crack, showing that the mine isn't completely caved in.

It might be a unique experience if someone came up with a pick and shovel and enlarged the entrance hole. Maybe it's deep, maybe not!

Nearest City: Centerville, UT
GPS Coordinates: wheel: N 40° 55.109 W 111° 51.528
mine: N 40° 55.148 W 111° 51.728
Time Needed: 90 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous
Kid Friendly: it depends
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