|Grand Canyon (National Park Service)|
Archaeological remains have been found placing humans in the area of the
Canyon 12,000 years ago. This dates back to the Paleo-Indian
Grand Canyon had already been home to the Native
Americans for centuries when Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenas became the first
European to view the Canyon in 1540. Many explorers continued to marvel at the Grand Canyon but it was not until 1869, more than 300
years later, that someone (other than the Native Americans) actually went down
into the Canyon and explored it properly. That man was geologist John Wesley
The area quickly became a tourist destination. Roosevelt, who believed strongly in conservation, designated a portion of the canyon as a national monument in 1908. In 1932 Congress finally made the Canyon a national park.
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016