Grand Canyon enthusiasts celebrated Arizona’s centennial recently with a History Symposium at the South Rim. And some of the most interesting research came from amateur historians in love with the Canyon.
Dennis Foster teaches applied macro-economics at Northern Arizona University. That’s his day job. He spends his free time studying Grand Canyon and its history. For the past 15 years Foster has been investigating the 1882 – 83 Charles Walcott expedition.
Buckey O’Neill got a lot living done in just 38 years.
Nicknamed for “bucking the tiger” in his favorite card game, he came to Arizona territory at the age of 19. As a newspaper man in Tombstone, he covered the Earp brothers and may have witnessed the OK Corral shootout.
Then he mined copper at the Grand Canyon, where he built a cabin that still stands.
He served as judge, mayor and sheriff in Yavapai County, and led a posse through Canyon Diablo to capture bandits.