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Verkamps Visitor Center - South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park Historic District: South Rim. The first curio shop opened at the Grand Canyon in 1898. It was a rented tent on the grounds of Bright Angel Hotel where John G. Verkamp sold Indian crafts and curios for Babbitt Brothers’ Trading Company. Visitation to the Grand Canyon was not brisk enough to support the business and he closed down after a few weeks, selling his remaining stock to the Bright Angel Hotel. In 1905 he returned to the Grand Canyon to build Verkamp’s Curios at its present location next to the Hopi House. The building is a wood-shingled, “modified mission” design with a roof that conducts rainwater to a cistern under the porch. The main floor contains the curio shop with storage rooms in the rear. The second floor contained family living quarters. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn. To plan your visit to Grand Canyon National Park: