The last in a five-part series of posts — some of my favorite quotes from 19th-Century tourists who wrote in John Hance’s guestbook.
The Hance Guestbook: In praise of John Hance and his tall tales
Hance’s tall tales are legendary, and we know from his guests that his stories were well received.
The Hance Guestbook: Reverence and the inadequacy of language
Poetically inclined Grand Canyon visitors piled on the superlatives. Others wrote of their inability to find proper words.
The Hance Guestbook: Sound advice against dangerous feats
Today, the Park Service service warns hikers not to hike to the river and back in one day. But the good advice predates Grand Canyon National Park.
The Hance Guestbook: Deadpan comments from 19th-Century Grand Canyon tourists
A collection of testimonies written in John Hance’s private guestbook preserves a fascinating collection of early tourist reactions to Grand Canyon.