HISTORY

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"This landscape has been shaped by ideas, words, images, and experiences. Instead of faults, rivers, and mass wasting, the processes at work involved geopolitical upheavals and the swell of empires, the flow of art, literature, science, and philosophy, the chisel of mind against matter. These determined the shape of Canyon meaning."
- Stephen Pyne, How the Canyon Became Grand

Photo of 1908 painting by Thomas Moran
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE

This 1908 painting, “Grand Canyon of the Colorado,” by renowned landscape artist Thomas Moran, is one of many paintings by many artists from around the world who have tried to capture the grandeur of the view from the canyon’s edge. Photo: Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

On May 24, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, his brother Walter, and eight mountain men launched boats into Green River, Wyoming Territory, on a historic quest to travel down the Green and then the Colorado River and through Grand Canyon. Though they were the first EuroAmericans inside the canyon, Powell found ample evidence that humans had lived there for centuries.

THE GRAND CANYON IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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Photo: National Park Service

Photo: Patricia Biggs

Photo: National Park Service

Photo: GRCA #22323, Fred Harvey Collection

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