When his doctor gave William Bass only a few years to live, Bass headed west in a desperate attempt to regain his health. He made friends with Havasupai Indians who guided him into remote parts of the canyon where he began developing several mines. The trails Bass constructed to these claims proved valuable when his tourist business grew. The guide built a camp along Shinumo Creek with orchards and a garden to supply his family and tourist operation on the South Rim. Bass outlived his doctor’s prediction by half a century.
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