Grand Canyon Becomes a National Forest

Creating Grand Canyon National Forest

Without the help of President Benjamin Harrison, Grand Canyon National Park may have slipped into the hands of private entrepreneurs during the late 19th and early 20th century. Harrison was determined to create Grand Canyon National Park in 1882 while serving as a Senator, but each time he presented a bill it was rejected. In 1893, while Harrison was President, he used his powers to set aside Grand Canyon as a national forest. Though still unable to get the support of Congress to create a National Park, Harrison's actions played a pivotal role in starting the process of Grand Canyon becoming recognized by the government as a special place and ultimately becoming a National Park.


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

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

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

Study by the Univ. of CO and the CA Institute of Technology aims to debunk previous research that the canyon is only five to 6 million years old.