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Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Grandview, 1898

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2010
1. Grandview, 1898 Marker
Inscription.
"No language can fully describe, no artist paint the beauty, grandeur, immensity and sublimity of this most wonderful production of Nature's great architect. [Grand Canyon] must be seen to be appreciated."
C.O. Hall, Grand Canyon visitor, 1895.
Reports like this from early tourists aroused curiosity and stimulated Grand Canyon tourism.

The year is 1898, and you have come to decide whether the lofty reports you've heard about Grand Canyon are true. Pete Berry, miner-turned-hotel-manager, greets you here at his Grand View Hotel and escorts you to the canyon rim. Awestruck, you quickly forget your bone-jarring, 12-hour stagecoach ride from Flagstaff. You begin to ponder tomorrow's mule ride into the canyon.

Thus began Grand Canyon tourism. Mining proved only briefly profitable, so a few entrepreneurs like Pete Berry turned to tourists for profits. In 1893 Berry offered crude lodging in a cabin here at Grandview, and began guiding eager, mule-riding patrons into the canyon. In 1897 he built a two-story log hotel, and later added a large frame building.

Until 1901 Grandview was Grand Canyon's most popular tourist destination. Grandview boasted the best hotel, and some said, the best trail. After 1901 when the Santa Fe Railroad reached Grand Canyon Village, 11 miles west of here, few tourists
Grandview, 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2010
2. Grandview, 1898 Marker
Grand Canyon in distance
opted for the jolting stagecoach ride to Grandview. Today little remains of Pete Berry's hotel on the rim.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 59.892′ N, 111° 59.27′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is at Grandview Point, about 0.6 mile NNE of Desert View (East Rim) Drive (Arizona Highway 64). Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mining on Horseshoe Mesa (here, next to this marker); Tusayan Museum and Ruin (approx. 6.9 miles away); Tusayan Ruin Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); Horace M. Albright (approx. 8.9 miles away); Albright Training Center History (approx. 8.9 miles away); Mission 66 (approx. 8.9 miles away); Verkamp's Curios (approx. 9.3 miles away); Santa Fe Depot (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pete Berry and the Grandview Hotel. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Grandview Trail. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Desert View (South Rim) Drive Map. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
1902
3. Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker
[Caption reads] Grand View Hotel, 1902

 
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Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
1906
4. Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker
[Caption reads] Interior of Grand View Hotel, 1906
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1905
5. Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker
[Caption reads] Martha and Pete Berry, 1905
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6. Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker
[Caption reads] Early visitors toured the canyon rim by stagecoach
Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
7. Photo on Grandview, 1898 Marker
[Caption reads] The hotel was perched on the canyon edge
View from Grandview Point image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2010
8. View from Grandview Point
Late afternoon
National Park Passport Stamp image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, February 14, 2011
9. National Park Passport Stamp
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, AZ
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 739 times since then and 7 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   9. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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