Insider's Look Podcast 14: Oct. 30, 2009
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In this podcast, we have the opportunity to meet Capt. John Hance, portrayed by Park Ranger, Ron Brown. Hance was an early Grand Canyon pioneer and storyteller who first saw the Grand Canyon in 1883, then called the area home for the rest of his life.
Hance entertained early visitors with dozens of tall tales - many with alternate endings. It was said that he never told the same to story in the same way twice.
"Being thoroughly conversant with all the trails leading to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, I am prepared to lead parties thereto at any time. I have a fine spring of water near my home on the rim of the Canyon, and can furnish accomodations for the tourists and their animals." (1886 advertisement by John Hance)
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Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)