El Tovar

by Christine Barnes

published by Farcountry Press

produced by WW West, Inc.

  • This book tells the story of an architectural treasure placed in the midst of a great wonder of nature. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, railroad barons, talented architects, and two American presidents are all part of the 110 year history of El Tovar Hotel and Grand Canyon National Park.

64 pages, 7 1/4, 9 b/w photos, 45 color photos, 1 illustrations, 56 hardcovers per case

ISBN 10: 965392430
ISBN 13: 9780965392433





El Tovar

"President Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 visit to the Grand Canyon gave the American people an idea of just what that huge chasam in the seemingly barren high desert of Arizona was all about: 'In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which, so far as I know, is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to do one thing in connection with it in your own interest and in the interest of the country to keep this great wonder of nature as it is now.... I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loveliness and beauty of the Canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve upon it.'

In 1906, Roosevelt created the Grand Canyon Game Reserve by executive order. That same year, he signed the Antiquities Act, which gave him legislative authority to establish Grand Canyon National Monument two years later. He also enlarged the forest reserve into a national forest, all before Arizona statehood in 1912. By the time the Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919 under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, the South Rim had already been developed, and the Santa Fe's El Tovar stood as the flagship hotel of Grand Canyon Village."

-from chapter one, The Divine Abyss

Christine Barnes align= Christine Barnes has written numerous books on historic lodges in the U.S. and Canadian national parks. She was the senior consultant and historian for the PBS television series based on her books, Great Lodges of the National Parks, Great Lodges of the National Parks Volume II, and Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies. Barnes is a two-time winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best history book. A former newspaper editor, she is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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