Visiting the Grand Canyon: Views of Early Tourism

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The Colorado River began carving a course to create the Grand Canyon some four to six million years ago, but organized tourism to the natural wonder is fairly young, geologically speaking. Getting to the view along and below the rim has not always been as convenient as packing up the family car and hitting the road. The El Tovar Hotel, celebrating its centennial in 2005, had just opened to lodgers when the Canyon was declared a National Monument in 1908. Between the 1890s and the 1920s, horses, mules, river rafts, stagecoaches, and later railroads and automobiles permitted increasing access to the area. Recreation areas, businesses catering to tourists, and federal preservation programs would eventually mark the Grand Canyon as the ultimate American travel destination.
ISBN: 9780738528809
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In more than 200 rare images from Grand Canyon National Park's museum collection, author Linda Stampoulos rides sidesaddle with early adventurers, before the advent of guided helicopter tours. Stampoulos has worked previously with Arcadia on several projects, including The Grand Canyon: Native People and Early Visitors.
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