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The Story of Grand Canyon Railway: Cowboys, Miners, Presidents & Kings


By Al Richmond

To anyone who has visited Grand Canyon, it’s clear that the railroad played a major role in its development. But tourism was not the only force that brought steam and diesel locomotives speeding through the sagebrush to the canyon’s rim. The region’s mineral wealth and large stands of ponderosa pine, along with a rich ranching heritage, also played a big part in the development of the Grand Canyon Railway.

Al Richmond explores the multifaceted story of this historic railroad, now in its second century. Through dozens of interviews with railroad workers, ranchers, tourist operators, lumbermen, and people who lived along the line, Richmond brings to life the golden era of railroading in northern Arizona with a rich chronicle of the people who have lived in this spectacular landscape.

ISBN: 978-1-934656-91-4

216 pages, soft cover, 8 3/4 X 8” 

Color cover with lamination. B/W text with a 16 page color insert of historic and contemporary railway tourism photos.

Culture and History, GCA Publication, GCC Publication