20 Aug 2015

This Is What It Was Like To Visit The Grand Canyon In The Early 1900s (13 Pics)

One of the first visitors to see the Grand Canyon called it "profound." Even before it became a national park, travelers wanted to peer over the edge of the canyon and stare into the abyss. This is what those early visitors looked like and saw.
The Grand Canyon was first explored in detail when John Wesley Powell led an expedition in 1869. It became an official national monument in 1908 and a national park in 1919.

President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in protecting the canyon. He first visited in 1903, and declared it a national monument in 1908. Here he is at the front of the caravan, leading a group down Bright Angel Trail in 1911.

In 1903 a woman dressed in her finest travelwear looks across the canyon.

In 1907, a woman peers over the edge of Grand View Point, 5,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Two decades later, in 1925, a woman holds onto her friend as she ventures a little too near the snow-covered edge of the Yawning Chasm.
In 1922 a couple take in the view from Bright Angel Point.
It's more than a mile down from the top of the rim to the base of the canyon. In 1907, tourists camp 3,100 feet below the rim.
In 1902, Oliver Lippincott drives the first car—a steam-powered Toledo—to the Grand Canyon.
In 1906, tourists look up to Zoroaster Tower from the shores of the Colorado River.
In 1906 a group of tourists descends the Copper Mine trail. Thanks to various mining claims, it took 11 years for the Grand Canyon monument to become a national park.
In 1906, a man and woman ride mules on the Grand View Trail high in the canyon.
Two brothers owned a photography studio that took photos of people as they descended the canyon. In 1913 the Kolb brothers snap a photo of a man in a boat on the Colorado with the snow-capped canyon behind him.

This vintage poster from 1938 advertises the wonder of the Grand Canyon.


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