History of the Grand Canyon Area

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An archaeological dig. Photo by Dawn Kish

Arizona delivers big when it comes to historic sites and opportunities to take a step back in time. We share information about the many national monuments that commemorate and showcase historically significant sites, including cliff dwellings, pueblos, fossils and petrified forests, trading posts, mines and ghost towns, and more.

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1800’s Grand Canyon Architect was a… Woman

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was a woman who knew what she wanted. And anyone who’s had the pleasure of gazing out over the Grand Canyon from Lookout Studio or taken a load off their feet at Hermits Rest should thank her for it. Read More...

An artist's impression of United Airlines Flight 718 colliding with TWA Flight 2. Wikimedia Commons by anonymous author.

1956 Grand Canyon Airplane Crash

A mid-air collision occurred on June 30, 1956 when a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 struck a Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation over the Grand Canyon in Arizona Read More...

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Becoming a National Park

Theodore Roosevelt Led Charge to Create Grand Canyon National Park. Read More...

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Digging for Clues

A rare excavation reveals information about Grand Canyon’s ancient human history. Read More...

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Down the Great Unknown Book Review

Edward Dolnick’s book details John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Colorado River from notes, journals, interviews and factual information gathered through hundreds of hours of research. Read More...

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Early Tourists of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon?s Early Tourists Read More...

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Extinct Humpback Chub Found

On October 9, 2012 Arizona fish and wildlife officials caught a fish thought to be extinct in the Grand Canyon area. This razorback sucker was the first of its kind to be obtained in more than 20 years. Read More...

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Float Your Boat: Grand Canyon Rafts, Then and Now

The four boats used on the 1869 Powell expedition were made of oak and pine and poorly suited for running Grand Canyon rapids. Read More...

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Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls

In the late 1800s, the Harvey Girls—well groomed and carefully trained young women in spotless, white and black uniforms—worked for Fred Harvey at his chain of restaurants Read More...

Indian Garden and Three-mile Resthouse from Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon Becomes a National Forest

Creating Grand Canyon National Forest Read More...

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Grand Canyon Becomes a National Park

Woodrow Wilson Signs Grand Canyon Park into Law Read More...

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Grand Canyon Fanatics

They couldn’t get enough of the Grand Canyon. Read about Harvey Butchart, Robert Eschka Benson, George Lamont Mancuso, and the Kolb brothers. Read More...

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Grand Canyon Saved from Flooding

Saving the Grand Canyon from Flooding Read More...

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Historic sites in the Grand Canyon region

Historic sites in the Grand Canyon region Read More...

Sunset at Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. Photo by Whit Richardson

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

A new joint study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the California Institute of Technology aims to debunk previous research that the Grand Canyon is only five to six million years old. Read More...

Indian Garden and Three-mile Resthouse from Bright Angel Trail

Lost in the Grand Canyon – The Adventure of Bessie and Glen Hyde

Honeymooners Lost in Grand Canyon Read More...

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Naming of Places in the Grand Canyon

Learning Grand Canyon History From Its Place Names Read More...

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Naming The Colorado River

The Colorado River had many names before it became the “Colorado” River. Read More...

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Places from the Past near Grand Canyon

Visit these parks on your way to Grand Canyon. Read More...

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Powell’s Grand Ambition

Running the treacherous Colorado River in 1869 would be one of many historic firsts for explorer and scientist John Wesley Powell. Read More...

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The Grand Canyon Throughout Time

Travel back in time with a history lesson on the Grand Canyon Read More...

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The Story of John D. Lee

The story of the colorful character behind Lee’s Ferry. Read More...

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