Backcountry History in the Grand Canyon!
Who lost an index finger in an accident and later told visitors he wore it off pointing out sights as the Grand Canyons first tour guide?
|Backcountry History will look at those early explorers of The Grand Canyon, both before it was a National Park with John Wesley Powell, and in the early days of The National Park with Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, Glen Sturdevant; then later with Harvey Butchart and others. Remember, during this time no trails as we know them today existed. Specialized equipment, dehydrated food, topographic maps, Web pages, GPS's, cellphones, and guide books did not exist!|
you ever wonder how the Mystic Spring or Separation Canyon got their name? Or Cranberry
Canyon? How about Bright Angel Creek? Please take a look at:
Grand Canyon Place Names!
Interview with Dr. Butchart
|Grand Canyon Pioneer Society||Glen Sturdevant was
born in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, on March 25, 1895. He attended the University of
California and graduated from the University of Arizona. On May 16, 1925 to was appointed
Park Naturalist for the National Park Service in Grand Canyon National Park.
A Reconnaissance of NE Part of Grand Canyon
A Visit to an Un-frequented Part of the Grand Canyon
Inspecting a Possible Trout Stream of Grand Canyon
Our Sorrow, The Untimely Death of Two Rangers
|Grand Canyon Trust||
John Wesley Powell is most famous for his two river trips down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871-72 which took him through The Grand Canyon. A one-armed veteran of the Civil War, Powell ran the wild, raging, Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with nine men in three small boats. It was he who named the great gorge and many of its side canyons and formations. A scientist first, he took time to explore the backcountry. He and his party climbed the Echo Peaks and a route out of the Little Colorado River Gorge. They also explored the House Rock Valley and the Kaibab Plateau.
John Wesley Powell Museum
John Wesley Powell Photo Index
The Career of John Wesley Powell
J.W. Powell's trip to Mount Trumbell!
"We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore, What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not."
|What's it like to be on the River?|
|"Wreck below Bass Trail"
Emery sticking out hole in boat, with Ellsworth. December 25, 1911 Photograph courtesy of The Kolb Collection, GCNP
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|The Kolb Brothers Emery
and Ellsworth were noted photographers at the South Rim of The Grand Canyon. They were
legendary for taking pictures of mule riders, then running down to Indian Gardens to
develop the prints and hurrying back to the rim before the arrival of the dudes! They also
made the first motion picture of a river trip!
The Discovery of Cheyava Falls!!
Cline Library Emery Kolb Collection
A Short visit With Emery Kolb!
Why did they do it?
The Kolb Brother's Photos
D. McKee The Geology of Grand Canyon 1931!
Ranger Dan E. Davis Supervisory Park Ranger
The Salt Trail
Ranger Ken Patrick 1963 Relics found near Mount Hayden
|Kittridge Wing The
first running of the Little Colorado River!
Bluewater Voyage in the Little Colorado River
New!! Tall Tales and Fiction!
What crazy stories did they dream up? Can this be proven true?
Explorations in Grand Canyon-1909
Grand Canyon Outlaw
The Orphan Mine
from the 20th Century:
much as we love the web, the serious lover of the Grand Canyon needs lots of books to read
and study. Below are a few that I have read, own, and recommend!
Special thanks to Mike Quinn and the Grand Canyon Museum Collection!!
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