Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon was declared a national monument on this day in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Grand Canyon had been home to many native Americans for centuries who lived inside the canyon’s many caves, and the first European explorers to find it were García López de Cárdenas with Spanish explorer Coronado in 1540. It took centuries for any non-native American to explore the canyon with its over 6,000-foot treacherous decent. This honor belongs to John Wesley Powell who in 1869, with a group nine men in small wooden boats, floated down the Colorado River, surviving the rocks and rapids to finally reach the Grand Canyon. By the mid 1800s the Grand Canyon started to catch the attention of tourists, and in 1901 when the Santa Fe Railroad built a spur track to the destination, tourism began to grow steadily reaching approximately 100,000 visitors per year. President Roosevelt seeing the landmark’s popularity increasing, took measures to preserve it by declaring it a national monument. Following this action, Congress in 1932 declared the Grand Canyon a national park, the 15th national park in the country. Today, when visiting the Grand Canyon and admiring it natural splendor, it’s nice to know that it looks nearly identical today than it did 500 years ago. To honor the Grand Canyon, truly one of the most impressive natural structures of the world and officially listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, we’ve included this series of impressive Grand Canyon pictures.

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