Grand Canyon Village in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
El Tovar Hotel
The Santa Fe is going to build the most expensive hotel at the Grand Canyon the idea of the architect is to bring the building into harmony with the wonderful scenery of the canyon rather than to put a blot upon its beauty by the erection of a conventional structure Coconino Sun, May 24, 1902
The El Tovar Hotel was a game changer. Prior to its construction most Grand Canyon visitors slept in tent accommodations on the South Rim. Opening to great fanfare on January 14, 1905, the hotel catered to a wealthy clientele. Imagine guests' delight upon finding a music room, a solarium, a billiard hall, an underground grotto (where men enjoyed a friendly game of cards), a barbershop, two roof gardens, an art room, and gift shop. For $4.50 and upwards per night, guests were treated to finely decorated rooms with both hot and cold running water.
(Top) Keeping with the Santa Fe Railway's affinity for naming their hotels after Spanish explorers, "El Tovar" honored Don Pedro de Tovar, who visited the Hopi mesas to the east in 1540.
(Bottom) Early 20th
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is January 14, 1905.
Location. 36° 3.469′ N, 112° 8.226′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on El Tovar Road north of Village Loop Drive. Marker is in the plaza between the hotel and the South Rim Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Village Loop Dr, Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hopi House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named El Tovar Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hopi House (within shouting distance of this marker); El Tovar (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Fe Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Verkamp's Curios (about 400 feet away); Grand Canyon Depot (about 400 feet away); CCC Legacy (about 600 feet away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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