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Yavapai Museum of Geology

Yavapai Museum of Geology bookstore (far left) and exhibits.
Interior of Yavapai Museum of Geology. Bookstore (far left) and exhibits. (July 5, 2011)
NPS photo by Michael Quinn
 
Interior of Yavapai Geology Museum looking out windows at Grand Canoyn. Photo by William Joye
View north from inside Yavapai Museum of Geology, looking out across Grand Canyon. (March 27, 2013)
NPS photo by William T. Joye
 
Yavapai Observation Station, May 2007

Yavapai Observation Station

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On May 24, 2007, the National Park Service re-dedicated the historic Yavapai Observation Station — originally called the Yavapai Point Trailside Museum — on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. New geology exhibits, consistent with the vision of the building’s designers to “make the out-of-doors intelligible,” were also unveiled.
 
09765 EAST FACING EXPOSURE OF YAVAPAI MUSEUM. TELESCOPES SET UP ON PARAPET. PEOPLE. 16 JUNE 1929. NPS, GRANT.

NPS Photo by George Grant

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The original structure, which was first dedicated in July 1928, was designed by architect Herbert C. Maier. The building was erected on a site selected by a team of geologists for the express purpose of observing and understanding Grand Canyon geology. Maier designed the Yavapai Point Trailside Museum to blend into its setting, and used indigenous Kaibab limestone and ponderosa pine in its construction.

 
09766 WEST FACING EXPOSURE OF YAVAPAI MUSEUM. SHOWS TALUS & CLIFF BELOW. 1929

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WEST FACING EXPOSURE OF YAVAPAI MUSEUM. SHOWS TALUS & CLIFF BELOW. CANYON BEYOND.

17 JUNE 1929. NPS, GEORGE GRANT.

 
05829 NATURALIST EDWIN MCKEEE SHOWS THE CANYON TO VISITORS AT YAVAPAI OBSERVATION STATION. 1930
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NATURALIST EDWIN MCKEEE SHOWS THE CANYON TO VISITORS FROM THE PARAPET OF YAVAPAI OBSERVATION STATION.

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05823 RANGER NATURALIST RALPH REDBURN SHOWS YAVAPAI MUSEUM VISITORS GEOLOGICAL COLUMN. 1932
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RANGER NATURALIST RALPH REDBURN SHOWS YAVAPAI MUSEUM VISITORS THE GEOLOGICAL COLUMN.

SEPTEMBER 1932. NPS.
 
The new exhibits,
consistent with the vision of the
building’s original proponents, focus on
the geologic story of the Grand Canyon.

Immersion into Geology

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The current museum exhibits explain the deposition of the rock layers, the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, and the carving of the Grand Canyon. Displays include beautifully crafted artwork, three-dimensional models, powerful photographs, and interpretive panels which allow park visitors to see and understand the complicated geologic story of the area.

 
Park visitors examining the relief map at Yavapai Observation Station

Photo: Konrad Szelock, GCA

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A large topographic relief model in the front room of the Yavapai Observation Station mimics the canyon view in remarkable detail. The map is a dimensional, tactile model that has true color and labeling directly applied. Visitors can quickly gain an eye-opening vantage to the three-dimensional nature and scale of the Grand Canyon.

 


Photographs from the 2007 re-dedication ceremony are posted on this page. Historic photos from may also be downloaded above. Click on a photo number and a high resolution version will appear in a new window. (4x6 inches @ 300 dpi)

The re-dedication ceremony took place outside the Yavapai Observation Station, located at Yavapai Point on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to Park Superintendent Steve Martin, featured guest speakers included Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior, and George H. Billingsley, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Rededication of Yavapai Observation Station. May 24, 2007
During the rededication of the historic Yavapai Observation Station, new geology exhibits were unveiled. (Thursday, May 24, 2007, 3:00 p.m.)
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Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin
“We are extremely excited about the renovation of Yavapai Observation Station, along with the new exhibits that tell the story of Grand Canyon’s geology,” stated Steve Martin, park superintendent. “This is but the first step, as we continue to forge opportunities for connections between our park visitors and the incredible Grand Canyon.”
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Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior addresses the audience at the rededication of the Yavapai Observation Station, May 24, 2007.

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Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior addresses the audience at the rededication of the Yavapai Observation Station, May 24, 2007.

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Transcript of Lynn Scarlett's Speech (17kb PDF File)
 
George H. Billingsley, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
George H. Billingsley, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey describes his lifetime of work studying and mapping the Grand Canyon at the rededication of the Yavapai Observation Station, May 24, 2007.

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Cutting the ribbon to unveil the new exhibits.
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin assists as Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior, and George H. Billingsley, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, cut the ribbon to unveil the new exhibits at the Yavapai Observation Station. May 24, 2007

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Delivery of a new geological column to Yavapai Observation Station.

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Employees of Southern Custom Exhibits help to deliver a new geological column to the Yavapai Observation Station in Grand Canyon National Park on May 21, 2007. The column was created by Chase Design Studios.

The new exhibits, consistent with the vision of the building’s original designers to "make the out-of-doors intelligible," focus on the geologic story of the Grand Canyon.

The exhibits allow visitors to experience, intellectually and emotionally, the powerful geologic processes still at work in the canyon. Exhibits explain the deposition of the rock layers, the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, the carving of Grand Canyon, and a discussion of geological time.

 
moving the geologic column into the observation station

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Employees of Southern Custom Exhibits and Chase Design Studio carefully guide a geological column through the historic doorway of the Yavapai Observation Station on May 21, 2007. The building allows visitors to experience the grandeur of the canyon while giving them the tools to understand the geology.

 
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PARK STAFF PLANTING STEVEN MATHER MEMORIAL TREE AT YAVAPAI OBSERVATION STATION. 1931. NPS
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1931 PHOTO OF PARK STAFF PLANTING STEVEN MATHER MEMORIAL TREE AT YAVAPAI OBSERVATION STATION. L TO R: 1) WOMAN NOT IDENTIFIED, 2) MRS EDWIN MCKEE, 3) JAMES BROOKS, CHIEF RANGER, 4) RANGER NOT IDENTIFIED, 5) EDWIN MCKEE, PARK NATURALIST, HOLDING SHOVEL, 6) DONALD MCHENRY, JR NATURALIST, 7) POLLY MEAD-PATRAW, NATURALIST, 8) CARL LEHNERT, RANGER, 9) ART BROWN, RANGER, 10) CLARK CARROL, ENGINEER, STANDING, 11) PRESTON PATRAW, ASST. SUP'T. NPS PHOTO.

Did You Know?

Grand Canyon Shuttle Buses

For more than 30 years Grand Canyon National Park has provided a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim. Visitors and residents have made 75,000,000 boardings. Riding the shuttles makes your stay more enjoyable, while reducing pollution and decreasing traffic congestion. More...