The Grand Canyon is one of the most internationally recognized landscapes and symbols of nature in North America. In this one-volume encyclopedia, readers can dive into the many people, places, stories, and issues associated with the Grand Canyon as well as the scientific, religious, and social contexts of events that have made the Grand Canyon what it is.
At the front of the encyclopedia are thematic essays that examine the Grand Canyon’s history, geography, and culture. Essays cover topics including John Wesley Powell, to whom the Grand Canyon “belongs,” the Native Americans who live at the Grand Canyon, and the future of the Grand Canyon. Following the thematic essays are approximately 150 topical entries focusing on more specific aspects of the Grand Canyon, such as trails and camps, natural formations, and courageous heroes as well as shameless profiteers who have influenced the Grand Canyon’s history. The encyclopedia is rounded out by a chronology of human history at the Grand Canyon, a Grand Canyon “at a glance” section, and multiple fact-based sidebars. Through the people, places, and stories explored in this work, readers will gain a better understanding of how the history of the Grand Canyon is relevant to the world today.
- Includes a chronology of important events in the history of the Grand Canyon, helping readers to hone in on key events that occurred during its history
- Offers a Grand Canyon "at a glance" section that allows readers key statistics about the park
- Provides an appendix that gives readers the chance to explore "firsts" in the history of the Grand Canyon as well as to plot the GPS coordinates of major sites at the national park
- Features photos from the authors' personal research travels that illuminate the text in such a style as to be different than tour books and trail guides