Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Buckey O'Neill Cabin
Grand Canyon National Park
In the early 1890s (exact date unknown) Buckey O'Neill built a log cabin here on Grand Canyon's south rim. It stands in front of you; it is Grand Canyon's oldest surviving historic structure.
Grand Canyon's modern era began with people like O'Neill - prospectors and adventurers who quickly found tourism more lucrative than mining. Many of their structures became rugged tourist facilities; in 1898 O'Neill's cabin became part of the Bright Angel Hotel. In 1935 when Mary Colter designed a new Bright Angel Lodge, she preserved Buckey's cabin by incorporating it into her design. It still provides lodging for visitors today.
Buckey O'Neill had a widely varied career that ended abruptly in 1898 when he was killed serving in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders. O'Neill Butte, which towers over Grand Canyon's South Kaibab Trail, bears his name.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, Spanish-American.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Lookout Studio (here, next to this marker); Bright Angel Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bright Angel Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Kolb Studio (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trans-Canyon Telephone Line (about 500 feet away); Kolb Studio (about 600 feet away); CCC Legacy (about 600 feet away); Grand Canyon Village (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
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Also see . . .
1. Buckey O'Neill. (Submitted on January 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. William Owen O'Neill. (Submitted on January 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,050 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.