Bright Angel History Room
Bright Angel History Room
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a small museum which tells the story of Grand Canyon tourism and the Harvey Girls. There are several interesting exhibits, including antique mule saddles. If you are near Bright Angel Lodge, do drop into the History Room.
Written 26 November 2022
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FarAway211632
Lincoln Park, MI127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
I wanted to come here for the Fred Harvey History. I was not disappointed. What a lovely building and very nice historical displays. So much to read and learn about the Grand Canyon and Fred Harvey, his restaurants, and wait staff. Lots of Antiques and memorabilia. Connected to a great gift shop! Very busy area of the Grand Canyon South Rim.
Written 28 July 2021
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Linda B
Atlanta, GA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Friends
Everything went smoothly and we had a great time. Equipment (electric bikes) were I good condition and the staff were very helpful.
Written 3 June 2022
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bwco
New Jersey1,749 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We didnt stay at the lodge, but we stopped by here and were able to visit it. It gives a very nice history lesson about the first tourists to the canyon and the first people to set up hotels.
Written 8 August 2017
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,737 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Just past the hotel check in counter you will find the Bright Angel History Room (free entry). This a single room museum with 10-15 minutes worth of interesting things to see.

The wall displays and images provide background for Steve Harvey, the 19th century figure who pioneered the hospitality movement in the American West and contributed some of the earliest standing buildings in the Grand Canyon Village which you can still visit today.

You will also find a few glass cases with hotel and related artefacts, an old carriage used to transport tourists around before the days of automobiles and buses. Perhaps most interesting, is the Mary Colter's fireplace which was designed to resemble the layer of rocks which make up the Grand Canyon. This is neat to see.

In the end, this is not a critical stop to make if you are short on time during your visit to the Grand Canyon Village. However, if you are spending a night or more or planning a stop at the historic Bright Angel Hotel, its worth a quick visit.
Written 24 January 2016
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DMGAmes_Iowa
Ames, IA567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This little history museum at Bright Angel Point on the South Rim is a gem. There are a number of artifacts relating to transportation (stagecoach, trains, automobiles, bicycles) by which visitors came, and still come, to Bright Angel Point. Displays focus on the roles of young women, especially the Hardy Girls in designing the restaurant and supervising food o the railroad dining cars that brought day visitors to the South Rim in the early days. They eventually developed a small hotel which still operates today,
Written 26 October 2021
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RICART75
Peru, IN2,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the history and people associated with the Grand Canyon; especially the iconic architect Mary Colter. The fireplace, and Lodge itself is a testament to her creativity (as are several nearby structures).
One also learns about the "Harvey" girls, and their employer.
Coupled with an interesting little gift shop, and accented with views of the Canyon outside it's windows; this is a wonderful little gem of a historical showcase.
Written 17 November 2019
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jesse o
Jackson, WY6,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Saw stagecoach inside so popped in to see and ask docent who was the manufacturer as it seemed reminiscent of a style made in concord new Hampshire specifically for Yellowstone in 1881 yet distinct from the famous concord coach seen in all the old western movies.
Had a nice talk with him and enjoyed the displays. This is a very small exhibit yet one which places bright angel lodge and the early entrepreneurial, European American history of south rim in perspective.
Very nice history of the famous Harvey Girls.
Coach is now out in the main lobby so displays in the history room have been expanded.
Written 30 April 2019
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India8,080 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
The Bright Angel Lodge History Room displays the genius of architect Mary Colter. Known as the “Geologic Fireplace”, the layered stones of her design were put together in the same geological sequence as the rock found along the Bright Angel trail - from river to rim. You should read more about this place before going there otherwise its geologic history will be lost. We find the place attractive having lots of rocks and stones, but later read about its significance.
Written 14 January 2019
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millie104
Sanford, FL83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
The Bright Angel Lodge History Room displays the genius of architect Mary Colter. The room’s dramatic rock fireplace has tall, sloping outlines that mirror the cliffs and strata of the canyon outside. Known as the “Geologic Fireplace,” the layered stones of her design were put together in the same geological sequence as the rock found along the Bright Angel trail - from river to rim.
Written 12 August 2018
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