The Grand Canyon Mystery

On April 5th, 1909 one of the most fascinating articles ever to cross the front page of an Arizona newspaper was published in the Phoenix Gazette. Fascinating being quite the understatement. The headline read:

“Explorations in Grand Canyon, Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern Being Brought to Life, JORDAN IS ENTHUSED, Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient People Migrated From Orient.”

Thus began the legend of “The Grand Canyon Mystery.”

 

Over the past century, this story has ebbed and flowed through the public sphere of awareness, often making a ground shaking entrance only to retreat silently into the canyon again. People come across this story usually believing they have discovered an obscure modern day mystery, but with a little investigation, they soon realize this mystery is nothing new. I recall first hearing about the G.C. mystery around the age of 12, it was a featured story on a television show at the time. A few years later the story surfaced again and my friends and I quickly became riveted. I recall many a day, excitedly studying, with minute detail, maps of the G.C. theorizing as to where this cave entrance would be located. We must have planned half a dozen expeditions into that maze of canyons but not a one ever came to fruition. Unfortunately, I still haven’t had the opportunity to go down to the depths of the G.C. and search it out. For to descend into the interior of The Canyon is not a light undertaking. On top of that, where does one begin to search? The Canyon is huge.

 

An enduring mystery on the fringe

What’s amazing to realize is that the entire body of work accumulated around the G.C. mystery is wholly based on two articles published in March and April of 1909. What’s more amazing is that this story has not only endured for over a hundred years but is taken quite seriously by adventures and fringe archaeologists alike. Please note, I don’t use the word “fringe” in a demeaning or lessening way, but instead to describe a group of determined individuals who dare to reject the official version of history as handed down through organized higher academia. Some of these researchers are armchair historians and others professionals within disciplined fields who have been pushed to the fringe by their peers for daring to question the status quo. Some of them reject in total major swaths of official history, alleging grand conspiratorial cover-ups, while others simply hold that mistakes have been made throughout the years and the politics of academia prevent the truth from surfacing. In any case, with the invention of the internet, researchers have access to far more information than ever before, sharing and cross-referencing their data, and are no longer shackled to the view of a single institution or professor, perhaps with an agenda or legacy to defend.

 

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View of the Grand Canyon from Lipan Point, South Rim

 

 

Without further ado, I present here the entire article in its original as printed in the Phoenix Gazette April 5th, 1909.

 

For the rest of this article, I will address some of the key factors I feel are key to this mystery and attempt to
outline the general copious amount of material pertaining to it. I will also add my personal two cents as I am quite very familiar with the territory and history of the area.

 

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Looking west from South Rim, temples and canyons

Egyptian Names in the grand canyon

If you just read the above article you will have learned that Kinkaid declared that Jordan and the other scientists believed that the civilization discovered was of an Egyptian or Oriental origin. For receiving just over 5 million visitors a year and being one of the seven natural wonders of the world, there is one fact very few average tourists ever learn about the G.C. There are at least 33, natural rock features, towers, canyons, formations, alcoves, and buttes named after Egyptian and Hindu gods as well as other ancient religions. If one were to look at a map you will find them scattered from one end of the park to the other, with the bulk of them concentrating just north of the South Rim visitors area.

Here are as many names as I could find after scouring my maps for a good half hour.

Sheba Temple, The Tabernacle, Rama Shrine, Vishnu Temple, Krishna Shrine, Ottoman Amphitheater, Zoroaster Temple, Brahma Temple, Thor Temple, Solomon Temple, Jupiter Temple, Shinumo Altar, Shinumo Amphitheater, Wotan Temple, Angels Gate, Temple Deva, Manu Temple, Buddha Temple, Isis Temple, Shiva Temple, Cheops Pyramid, Tower of Set, Hindu Amphitheater, Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, Confucius Temple, Mencius Temple, Tower of Bable, Holy Grail Temple, King Arthur Castle, Guinevere Castle, Lancelot Point, Galahad Point

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Isis Temple. View from Hopi House

 

Having studied world religions for many years my ears perked up when I first came across these names. upon inquiring to the rangers at the South Rim, one of them explained “The pyramids and tombs of Egypt were being explored and excavated at the time the park was being studied. Egypt was on everyone’s mind, and some of the formations looked like temples or pyramids so it started a trend.” Another Park ranger said, “It was fashionable at the time to name things after Egypt.” OK… Still another ranger informed me “It was Clarence Dutton who named most of the features in the G.C.” Upon researching Clarence Dutton it appears he did have much to do with these names. In his book “A Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District” Dutton put many of the Hindu names to the features and rock stratification found in the park. Later, others inspired by Dutton continued the “tradition” by following with names from Norse and Egyptian mythologies, and Arthurian legend.

 

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Clarence Dutton

 

Though quite the exceptional man and deserving of a page of his own on this site, my interest in Mr. Clarence Dutton for the purpose of this article is in his choice of names. Only when I began that research I came to learn facts about his life that are peculiar to this mystery indeed.

A quick study of Clarence Dutton’s life drums up images of Indiana Jones, only a bit more refined. Mr. Dutton was Soldier, Geologist, and poet, quite the combination, and one that served him well. He is most known for his work The Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District, which today is still the definitive work on the geology of the G.C. His earlier work, “Report on the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah” most certainly caught the attention of John Powell. Powell became so impressed with Dutton’s work he appointed him Head of the Department of Volcanic Geology at the U.S. Geological Survey. Dutton went on to study and write reports on the volcanoes of Hawaii, and Crater Lake in Oregon, all the while waxing his words with poetically infused language. He was a man quite moved by natural beauty and didn’t separate his love of geology from that of the written word.

 

While I can find no confirmation that Mr. Dutton was a Freemason, he most certainly had connections with some of the most powerful and well-known people in not only the scientific community of the day but people in positions of real power. Men who were forging a new nation and on the frontier of its exploration and development.

Dutton graduated from Yale University in 1860, and while attending was regarded as a cultured polymath and raconteur. He was a lover of chess as well as a skilled gymnast. His senior year he won the Yale Literary Award for an essay he wrote on the novels of Charles Kingsley. In short, he was quite the accomplished young man. Directly out of school he went on to serve as a first lieutenant for the 21st Connecticut Regiments in the Civil War where he saw some pretty rough fighting.

Dutton was also quite fond of societies, and again, while I can find no connection to Freemasonry, he certainly was a member of many societies at the time helped to create several of them himself. He obviously had a fondness for brotherhood and no doubt kept many friends who were Freemasons. It was not uncommon for a man to be a member of several societies or even secret societies simultaneously in those days. Oh wait, did I say he attended Yale? Need I mention the Skull and Bones society of Yale, formed in 1832? ( Off the topic, but the same secret society George Bush Jr. and John Carry were members of.)

 

Masonry and the discovery of the ancient ruins may have played a role in the naming of the G.C. features

On January 13th, 1888, 33 men got together and formed a geographical society. A week later Charles Dutton sat as chairman of that society and it formalized into the National Geographic Society. This group was made up of scientists, adventurers, and explorers, it also included a journalist and a superintendent from the National Zoo. Dutton rubbed elbows with John Wesley Powell, G.K. Gilbert, Henry Gannett, W J McGee, Charles D. Walcott, and William Henry Holmes. He was also a member of the Cosmos Club, the Philosophical Society, the Geological Society, and a society within the Geographical Society known as the “Great Basin Mess.”

While I can find no record of Freemasonry in Mr. Dutton’s life I find it interesting that the Society he helped to create and chaired was founded by thirty-three men. Thirty-three men of power and influence. Thirty-three being, of course, the number of degrees in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and found throughout all of said society. Although naysayers will be quick to point out that this proves nothing, I personally don’t believe it to simply be a coincidence.

These scientists who obviously worked with some of the most powerful people in government at that time. Men of military and high government background granted these explorers full run of the entire G.C. region. They were funded and outfitted with provisions and the protection necessary to explore and document the entire Colorado Plateau. It stands to reason that if something was discovered within the walls of this great canyon they would have been the first to find it, and the fact that much of the G.C. is named with ancient Hindu and Egyptian Gods leads many to imagine that something Egyptian, or at the very least, non Native American was indeed discovered there. In their book “The Suppressed History of America” Paul Schrag and Xaviant Haze make a great argument that early U.S. expeditions were actually sent out to not only discover a new continent but to help control what findings and information became available to the public as official history.

Until researching this article I never put together the similarities between the National Geographic Society of the U.S. and the Royal Geographical Society of England. Both began as private societies of learned men and soon after became government recognized. Those governments then often recruited and funded the organizations to explore new lands for national imperialism and military superiority. On one hand, these societies consisted of a group of scientists pushing the limits of their respective fields while on the other they were often doing so in the capacity of their government. The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark plays on this very idea when Dr. Jones is recruited to retrieve the Ark of the covenant on the behalf of the U.S. Govt before the Nazis find it first. My question is; how can anyone expect the discoveries of any government sanctioned expedition to be transparent when the nature of government is intrinsically secretive, to begin with.

 

Skeptics arguments

The G.C. Mystery isn’t without its detractors. In fact, they abound in spades. Listed below are a few of the more common points argued by them, all of which are valid and credible.

  1. The original article was published on April 5th. This date is close to April 1st or April Fools day, and the entire article may have been an elaborate hoax perpetrated by a few bored journalists. This argument is given even more credence when one takes into account a previous article printed in the same paper March 12th. The 1st article more or less introduces G.E. Kincaid and Professor S.A. Jordan and sets the stage for a second follow-up piece, and of course, April 1st falls between the two article releases.
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    Photo of Thunderbird believed to be authentic.
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    Photo of Thunderbird believed to be authentic.

    There were many stories of amazing and unverified stories being printed as news all across the western U.S. at this time. Stories including those of little people living in Mt. Shasta, Thunderbirds being shot and killed in Texas and California, and the 1934 account of a secret lizard city under Los Angeles just to name a few. Journalism wasn’t exactly always honest at this time and sometimes stories were embellished or even fabricated to boost readership and sales of copy. To counter this, some researchers say that many of these amazing stories were, in fact, real and later passed off as yellow journalism, with the U.S. Government going so far as to launch a disinformation campaign publishing ludicrous stories across the country to water down the real high strangeness being discovered across the country at the time.

  3. The Smithsonian institute denies any knowledge of a G.C. Expedition and states that no Egyptian artifacts of any kind have ever been discovered in either North of South America. Furthermore, they deny that neither Jordan nor Kincaid ever was employed by the Smithsonian.
  4. The Phoenix Gazette articles are the sole body of evidence regarding the G.C. Mystery. This is a fact. Any and all other evidence is circumstantial and has been compiled over the course of the past century. One could argue that conspiracy theorists have cherry-picked pieces of history and pseudo-science to fit into and prove their theories.

Supporting Arguments

That being said, let us take a look at some of the circumstantial evidence surrounding the mystery which supports the mystery and why some people do believe the G.C. Mystery legend could be true.

  1. Caves. There are a plethora of known caves in the G.C. and surrounding area, including the G.C. Caverns located just outside of Seligman, AZ. This cave is so big it was used during WW2 as a bunker to hold food, water, and supplies for the airbase just north of Kingman, AZ. It’s open to the public and you can take tours there today. Furthermore, and just recently, a new passage has been discovered within this cave system which has opened up new exploration. Imagine that, a cave which has been used by the government and as a popular tourist destination for almost a century still has mysteries to give up.
  2. The G.C. sits on top of the Colorado Plateau, which is composed of layered sandstone and limestone stratification. The top layer of the plateau is Kaibab limestone laid down by the latest ocean which occurred about 70 million years ago. These rock layers are easily carved both by humans and natural processes and limestone is the primary medium for natural caves on our planet. Where one finds limestone one will almost always find caves. The entire plateau itself is conducive to caves and cave systems.
  3. Date of the creation of the Park. The article was published April 5th 1909. The Grand Canyon was designated a National Monument in 1912, then a National Park in 1919. It seems that soon after Americans first began penetrating the labyrinth of canyons beneath the rim and making discoveries, the Federal Government swept in, designated it a National Park and assumed legal control of it. It was during this time that construction of the Glen Canyon and Hoover dams began as well. I’ve often thought to myself; what better way to keep something hidden than to bury it under a lake. Yes, these dams are hydroelectric power generators, but could there have been another reason for their construction as well? Could they have been constructed in order to cover up extensive evidence of an ancient civilization at the bottom of the G.C.? If a civilization did exist down there, I don’t believe they would do so in the deepest, roughest part of it but rather at each end where the land leveled off and farming was possible. Exactly where the dams were created. It is interesting to note that there is evidence of delta farming along the Colorado River just below Lipan Point, so we do know that the river was being used in this capacity by later peoples. Any caves in the interior would be used for defensive purposes I would think, which lines up with the description of the cave given by Kincaid in the article.-,
  4. Remoteness. The G.C. is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and receives nearly 5 million visitors a year, there is no way something this big could be kept a secret for so long. Or is there? 90% of visitors access the G.C. via the South Rim Visitors area and spend an average of only 17 minutes actually looking into the canyon. Almost none of these people ever set foot below the canyon rim much less trek twenty to thirty miles into the backcountry off-trail. Keep in mind that the G.C. is 277 river miles long, covers over 1,902 square miles, and the amount of the canyon a person can actually see from the South Rim area is approximately only 4% of the entire canyon. Those permitted to go trekking below the rim are exactly that. Permitted. They must stay on-trail and usually camp in designated sites. Camping “at large” is permitted but few do and the supposed area of the cave entrance in question is extremely remote and has virtually no trails either. River rafters run the length of the Colorado River but don’t generally go hiking too far up the side canyons. The area where the cave entrance is supposed to be located is in the same area as the confluence of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado River. This area is sacred to the Navajo and Hopi tribes and is officially off limits to anyone else as there are sacred salt mines in this area and supposedly many known caves. It has often been said that some of the most remote and least explored terrain left in North America are the tributary canyons draining into the G.C. from the north extending along the Arizona-Utah border. In fact, a pictograph known as Gordon’s Panel was discovered in this area as recently as 1984. This mural is one of the most elaborate pictographs ever discovered and is believed to be the oldest pictograph found to date in North America. What’s amazing is that it was just sitting there in plain sight for hundreds of years waiting for someone to happen upon it. Imagine what else may be hidden within those canyon walls.
  5. Restricted areas within the Park. This is one of those things I see as necessary and really not all that strange, but I still list it here because it does open the door legally to sealing off certain areas of the park all the same. It is true that there are off-limit areas in the park itself, and where many researchers raise an eyebrow to this, it seems completely normal to me. After all, you can’t go anywhere you want at Montezuma’s Castle Nat. Monument, or Walnut Canyon Nat. Monument, or most any other national parks for that matter. It would seem that there would be safety concerns in remote areas as well as archaeological sites sensitive to local tribes which require protection. This being said, there are credible reports of infer red beams set on trails as well as satellite monitoring of “sensitive” areas. A decade ago researchers sounded paranoid and conspiratorial when they mentioned infer red security beams in the canyon, but now you can see them along with cameras at other national parks across the country on a regular basis. The park service is finally admitting that there are indeed caves in the G.C. however. Just a decade ago many people investigating the G.C. mystery were told flat out that there were no caves within the G.C. other than the ones already discovered and explored in the early 1900’s. I was personally told this ten years ago when I myself called the park to inquire about caves. Today, however, the official position is that there are many caves within the park but that they are sensitive habitats for bat populations within the canyon as well as extremely fragile ecosystems themselves and are off limits to everyone. As frustrating as this is I can actually understand it. There is also the matter of the entire North Rim of the G.C. shutting down form Dec 1st or first snow until May 15 every year. This is now the norm and nobody even questions it. The park states it’s for safety reasons due to the abundance of snowfall, but I’ve always thought it odd. Very odd. If there is work being done in the canyon, the closing of the entire north rim allows the park service or whomever to operate in complete isolation, free from the public eye. Again, it does seem plausible. Here is what I was able to find with a quick web search. This is taken from a blog thread from 2001.
  • In accordance with the delegated authority provided by regulations as published under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1 through 7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following regulatory provisions are established for the management, protection, and public use of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • a) The following geographical areas and/or roads within Grand Canyon National Park are closed to public use or are restricted by specific activities and/or specific times for specific activities:
    Areas Closed To General Public Presence, Use, and Access:

Wilderness District:
Hopi Salt Mines, extending from river mile 62 to river mile 62.5 on the southeast side of the Colorado River.
Maricopa Point Endangered Plan Area
Hance Mine (in Asbestos Canyon south of Hance Rapid)
Bass Mine (in Hakatai Canyon and the area immediately surrounding the mine tailings and waste rock areas)
Furnace Flats from 71.0 to mile 71.3 on the north side of the Colorado River.
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    Just above the Confluence. Sacred ground to the Hopi and Navajo both.

    Areas Restricted To Public Presence, Use, and Access By Permit Only:
    General:
    A valid permit issued by the Superintendent is required for all access to, use of, and presence within all caves and mines within Grand Canyon National Park. For purposes of this section, a cave is defined as,

    “Any naturally occurring void, cavity, recess, or system of interconnected passages beneath the surface of the earth or within a cliff or ledge, including any cave resource therein, and which is large enough to permit a person to enter, whether the entrance is excavated or naturally formed. Such term shall include any natural pit, sinkhole, or other feature that is an extension of a cave entrance or which is an integral part of the cave.” (Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988).

    For management purposes and purposes of this section, Grand Canyon National Park extends this definition to include:

    “…natural features only if they contain a twilight zone and a zone of perpetual darkness (i.e., Red wall Cavern is not a cave). In addition, artificial anthropogenic features (i.e., mine works) which comprise a twilight zone and a zone of perpetual darkness will be managed as caves except more latitude will be given for mitigating hazards to human health and safety.”

    Permits required to satisfy this section may be applied for and/or obtained at the Backcountry Permits Office.

  1. The Grand Canyon Railway and proximity to the Santa Fe line. This 64-mile sideline off the Santa Fe was completed and opened for use in 1901. It ran, and still runs north out of Williams, AZ to an area known as the Village, at the South Rim of the G.C. This track would have been available to provide support to the work site and more importantly transport relics and findings securely back to Washington D.C. If this sideline wasn’t used, no doubt the main Santa Fe line was. This actually offers a great opportunity to trace back shipping records if any records still may in fact exist. This would be a great project for perhaps a railroad historian or someone with connections already. Please contact me if you think you may know how to acquire these records.
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Shamans Wall Mural. Believed to be the oldest pictograph ever discovered in the U.S. Located in a tributary canyon just north of the G.C.
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    A Hopi Boomerang found on display at Walnut Canyon National Monument, just outside of Flagstaff, AZ. My wife Suzanne standing next to it for size comparison.
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    My son Leander standing inside a ball court at Wupatki. Just south of Hopi Nation.

    The Hopi-Egyptian connection. Yeah, you read that right. And as crazy as that sounds to the uninformed, I think this may offer up the best evidence yet. Much has been written about this in Gary A. David’s book “The Orion Zone” Without getting too deep into his book here, Mr. David points out that the Hopi villages are laid out to mirror the Orion Constellation. The only other place this occurs on earth is at the Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Couple that with a particular flood farming technique used only by the Hopi, the Hohokam, and the Egyptians. Another dovetail between the cultures is the belief in underground worlds. The Egyptians had an underground world through which they traveled to enter the afterlife while the Hopi believed they came from an underground world or (the third world) into this one (the fourth world.) The Hopi believe they came from an opening in the ground and there are many beliefs as to where this Sipapu, or place of emergence is located. Some put it at Montezuma’s Well located just north of Camp Verde, which is interesting because this spring is fed by water which flows through underground rock systems (caves) through the Colorado Plateau and emerges in the Verde Valley. Geologists say this well has been flowing for over 12,000 years and is believed to be the longest continually flowing natural spring on the North American continent. The Hopi believe themselves to be the oldest continually living people on Turtle Island or (North America) as well. The well itself is actually a collapsed limestone cavern which gave ventilation to the underground water source below. Others put the Sipapu in the Beaver Falls area of Havasupai Canyon, and still many more place it at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers near the salt mines. Aside from all this, what I find most interesting is the boomerang connection. For here we have physical evidence. When we think of boomerangs we naturally think Australian Aborigines, but few people are aware that many boomerangs were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. They were discovered in boxes in the antechamber and many more were found strewn about the floor of the annex. It was thought that the dead would need them to hunt evil spirits which manifested as birds in the afterlife. The boomerangs discovered in King Tut’s tomb were generally 10 to 25 inches long, made of wood, and weighed between 2 and 9 ounces. Well, the Hopi too hunted with boomerangs, and they were used in the exact same way. We know this because many have been found in archaeological digs. Whereas many Native American tribes hunted with “throwing sticks” or “rabbit sticks”, the Hopi flattened theirs out like the Egyptians so that they would fly farther, making them far more accurate and lethal. According to Suzanne and Jake Page’s book “Hopi” Hopis are called The Oldest of the People by other Native Americans. In Frank Water’s book “The Book of Hopi” the Hopi consider themselves the first inhabitants of America and their village Oraibi is indisputably the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States. I find all of this extremely fascinating and my gut tells me that whatever this G.C. Mystery is, it somehow involves the Hopi people one way or another.

 

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Montezuma’s Well. Located just north of Camp Verde, AZ. One of the most sacred sites to the Hopi, Yavapai, Navajo and many other Native American tribes in Arizona.

 

This photo is a view from one of the routes in the National Park Service (NPS) Preferred Alternative within the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP), illustrating the high quality scenic views and grandeur of GCNP. This view is looking down and to the east on the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers. The Draft EIS was developed to address the mandate of the 1987 National Parks Overflights Act to provide for substantial restoration of the natural quiet and experience of Grand Canyon National Park and for protection of public health and safety from adverse effects associated with aircraft overflights. Through the Draft EIS, the NPS is proposing a plan for managing helicopter and airplane flights over Grand Canyon. These flights currently carry more than 400,000 visitors above the canyon each year. Like all other uses in the park, air-tours play an important role in visitor enjoyment. But without better, more thoughtful management air-tour flights can interfere with the enjoyment of visitors on the ground. Air-tour flights also affect soundscape and other park resources of Grand Canyon's 1,902 square miles. The Draft EIS can be reviewed online at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=65&projectID=28052&documentID=38849 Comments can be submitted online at the same Web address (the preferred method), or mailed to Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attention: Office of Planning and Compliance, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023, or provided at one of the public meetings. Comments will be accepted through Monday, June 20, 2011. NPS Photo
The Confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River.
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    Seth Tanner. Seth Tanner was a Mormon pioneer in the mid and late 1800’s. He arrived on-scene in Salt Lake City in 1848 and bounced between Utah and California engaging in several business ventures. In 1875 he was chosen by Brigham Young to join an exploration party and search out suitable places for settlement along the Little Colorado River, located just east of the G.C. where he eventually made his family home near present-day Tuba City, on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Being a Mormon, Mr. Tanner had more than one wive and one of them happened to be a Hopi. He was on extremely good terms with all the Native Americans of the area and traded freely with them during his prospecting and exploratory adventures. Although much is written about him and his exploits in the four corners region, almost nothing is written about him having his eyesight taken by the Hopis. I located a story stating that Seth Tanner died a blind old man. According to the story, the Hopis, discovering that he had laid sight on, or entered the forbidden caves in the area of the confluence, decided that a fitting punishment would be to take his sight. Because he was married to a Hopi they spared his life and instead rubbed a white powder into his eyes that turned them cloudy and made him blind. He was told that this was done so that he would forget what he saw. He was also told that if he spoke of what he saw after that, they would cut out his tongue. Apparently, someone told someone something because the story got out. The “Fifth Generation Trading Company” still stands today in Farmington, NM and is owned and operated by his descendants.

 

 

 

 

  1. And finally. What you are about to read is entirely true and I personally  stake my name on it’s validity. The year was 1991 and while in high school I had a job in an outfitters shop in north Phoenix specializing in backpacking, prospecting, rock climbing gear. I was in charge of the rental gear, getting it cleaned up and ready to be rented out again. The owner and I used to speak regularly about the G.C. Mystery as he had extensive experience below the rim and had hiked quite a bit of the Canyon at one time or another. While he had never come across any caves personally he found the whole story quite interesting. I moved on about a year later and ended up moving to Wikieup, AZ. We kept in touch over the next 10 years and periodically touched on the topic. Sometime around 2007 I stopped in to see my friend and catch up on desert stories and found him eager to speak with me. He said the strangest thing had just happened the week prior. He said that representatives from the Grand Canyon National Park came to see him and placed an order for gear. Although they wouldn’t say what they were doing they placed a massive order of 24 harnesses, 24 helmets, 24 headlamps, back up batteries, back up flashlights, etc. and rope, 6000 feet of static line, ascending and rappelling devices, and so forth. Now rope comes in two flavors. “Dynamic” (for climbing), and static, or “working line” for hauling, rappelling, ascending, etc. He said that they were going to come back in the next few weeks to pick up the order. FYI, 6000 feet of static line is epic, that’s literally over a mile of rope. All in all the order came out to around $28,000. He asked them what they were doing with so much gear but they were politely evasive and he got no further information out of them. He told me he would see if he could find anything else out when they came back and told me to check back in a few weeks. A few weeks later a couple rather excited young park rangers arrived to pick up the order. They didn’t say much except that they had discovered within the G.C. a cave system that rivaled that of any other cave found in the United States to date and that they were obviously mounting an expedition to explore the new find. Since that time, no information has ever surfaced about a cave system found in the G.C. There are no colleges working on any archaeological projects associated with caves in the G.C. and no one has ever returned to purchase more gear. At the time of this writing my friend has never heard back from the Park Service regarding this issue. One would think that if some of the largest caves ever discovered in the United States were found in the G.C there would be a blip somewhere on the screen during the past eight years, or someone would know something about it.

 

This makes up yet a fourth story pertaining to a huge or special cave in the Grand Canyon. 1. The G.C. mystery Article its self. 2. The Hopi creation story and their origin from an underworld within the Grand Canyon. 3. The story of Seth Tanner and him losing his eyesight for entering forbidden caves. 4. The sale of $28,000 in cave exploration gear to the G.C. park service and the personal testimony regarding the perhaps the largest cave ever discovered in the U.S. from a park ranger. Are all these just coincidences? Personally, I don’t believe so. Not for a minute. Add this to the body of work being done regarding the Hohokam culture of the Phoenix Area and Egyptian connections there and one can easily begin to visualize the network that may have existed thousands of years ago.

 

Thoughts

So there you have it. The G.C. Mystery in a nutshell. If I were to document everything I’ve discovered on this topic I could easily build a dedicated website to it. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of pages, websites, books, articles, and TV specials about the G.C. Egyptian connection/mystery. Some of them concentrate on piecing together the bits and tatters of this mystery, while others have discovered sacred geometry connections and have worked out the math, constructing arguments based on science and number. I don’t pretend to be an expert by any means on this topic although I have been studying it for over twenty years. I only wish to add my thoughts and insight to the body of work already out there. This topic truly is a deep rabbit hole worthy of a Hollywood script and in fact, many believe the movie “Mackenna’s Gold” 1969 to be precisely that.

 

Could it be that early American scientists discovered something in the G.C. and hid it away in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute? Has the true history of ancient America been erased and rewritten by those who would have us believe different? If this were so, it would be one of the greatest conspiracies of all time and would question the validity of every other archaeological undertaking performed by the Smithsonian to date. This notion alone turns many off to the possibility of the story being true, for most people simply don’t want to imagine their government engaging at this level of corruption. Others simply don’t believe the government competent enough to successfully pull off something of this magnitude. Still, there are many who are beginning to believe that this is exactly what has been occurring over the past century. I urge the reader to do his/her own research and come to their own conclusions. If this topic interests you, you are only a few clicks away from near infinite speculation and theory. At the very least I hope this article has ignited your inner “Dr. Jones” and makes your next trip to the Grand Canyon that much more interesting. If you have any information or insight on this topic that you would like to share, or if you’d like me to clarify anything, in particular, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

Cory Daniel is a professional certified interpretive guide and writer/researcher who currently lives in the Valley of the Sun.

2 thoughts on “The Grand Canyon Mystery

  1. Over the years i have found hundreds of interesting things in the Grand canyon on Google earth.Ancient ruins,crashed UFOs,secret tunnels and giant skulls.I believe much of the Grand canyon has never been explored at all and many areas have been restricted by the Government even Helicopter flights.

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