• Pipe Spring National Monument

    Pipe Spring

    National Monument Arizona

Gourd

Gourd
What: Gourds belong to the same plant family as squash, cucumber, melons and pumpkins. They grow on vines and are thought to be among the oldest cultivated plants (not grown wild, but planted) in the world. The pictures are of a dried gourd, which has many practical uses. Because it is water-tight and lightweight it can be used for carrying and storing foods and liquids. Straps could be woven around the gourd to help carry it.

Who: Used mainly by American Indians, but many pioneers adopted the use of the gourd.

Did You Know?

The SS Pipe Spring, a tanker built during World War II.

During World War II a series of tankers were built and named after, among other things, national parks and monuments. This is the SS Pipe Spring. More...