By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 26, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the establishment of a famous National Park created by a river.

Looks Like a Matte Painting

The Grand Canyon’s vastness is impressive.  From the top it looks almost unreal, like a matte painting.  From the bottom, at the Colorado River it is more defined and probably more impressive to some.

At any rate, the Pueblos were likely the first humans setting their eyes on the canyon.  The Cardenas exploratory group were the first Europeans, Spanish of course, there, led by Hopi guides in 1540.

The Colorado River and its tributaries cut to a maximum depth of over one mile below the plateau.  About two billion years of geological record is exposed on the sides.  The Grand Canyon is deep, but there is an even deeper one in Nepal.

The Grand Canyon National Park was established on February 26, 1919. 

The view presented here by Holmes and Dutton is from 1882.   It faces to the east, and if you look carefully, you’ll see the two of them towards the bottom left.

Grand Canyon – circa 1882 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.