Tusayan's history in new book
Tusayan, located at the front door of the Grand Canyon National Park, has a unique history, from its connections to the park and Havasupai tribe, to its history of uranium mining and its tourism efforts. A number of individuals, some of whom still have descendants in the area, helped shape the village into what it is today - one of the most visited little towns in northern Arizona. The story of Tusayan runs hand in hand with the national park, both of which were created only a year apart from in the early 1900's.
My latest project, Grand Canyon's Tusayan Village, will reflect the growth of the community, from a sheep ranch to the birth of tourism. The book is scheduled for publication next year by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. Like my earlier book, Williams, published late last year, Grand Canyon's Tusayan Village will be a pictorial history of the area with small chapters designed to accentuate the images within.
While the project is still in its early stages, work has been proceeding apace. I've so far collected roughly 100 of the over 200 images I will need. It is always a challenge to get the right mix of images in order to build a well rounded glimpse into an area's history and sources come from everywhere; some easy to find and others more difficult. With luck, I'll find the proper ingredients.
I am currently working on a cover for the book, which I will share as soon it is available. What I have found interesting about this project, as compared to Williams, is that both communities share many common bonds, almost as if they are sister cities, but with very different personalities. While Williams moved to embrace a culture of mountain men and Route 66 lore, Tusayan is allied with the national park and shares its story with the Grand Canyon. For me, however, taking on the project seemed a natural progression, as both areas offer something special to those who live and visit them.
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