Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
"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
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Location. 35° 59.892′ N, 111° 59.27′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Touch 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); Spanish Discovery (approx. 3.6 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 856 times since then and 33 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week January 11, 2015. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 9. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.