Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

History & Culture in Grand Canyon

Indian People

The American Indian communities surrounding Grand Canyon actively maintain their ancient cultures and traditions. They have long been associated with exquisite but functional crafts which reflect their close ties with nature. Fine collectibles created by native artisans began to be marketed to outsiders in the 1880s through places such ...

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Grand Canyon History

The Paiutes call the plateau that the canyon cuts through Kaibab, or "Mountain Lying Down." John Wesley Powell was the first to consistently use and publish the name, "Grand Canyon," in the 1870s. No matter what name it is known by, Grand Canyon is ever awe-inspiring. American Indians About 10,000 years ...

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John Hance

Captain John Hance, who built a trail and guest ranch east of Grandview Point, was one of Grand Canyon's most colorful characters. One visitor declared: "To see the canyon only, and not to see Captain John Hance, is to miss half the show." Reportedly the first white settler in ...

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Hopi House

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, Hopi House has been selling authentic American Indian arts and crafts to visitors since the Fred Harvey Company opened its doors in 1905. Hopi House was designed by renowned architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, one of the first American architects to appreciate the ...

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Fred Harvey

Known as the "Civilizer of the West," Fred Harvey helped make the West more comfortable for travelers. An immigrant from England, he started his first restaurant in 1876 in Topeka, Kansas. Eventually, his businesses included restaurants, hotels, newsstands and dining cars on the Santa Fe Railway. Xanterra, the primary ...

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Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was fascinated by Southwestern and American Indian cultures. Her talent and determination to reflect the heritage of the region led to her designs of the Desert View Watchtower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, Hermits Rest, Lookout Studio and Phantom Ranch (at canyon bottom). Virtually ...

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