The Railroad

Grand Canyon Railway Station

Grand Canyon Railway Station

In 1901, the Santa Fe Railroad completed a spur track from Williams to the present Grand Canyon Village area on the South Rim, replacing the arduous all-day stage trip from Flagstaff with a short, comfortable train ride. Grand Canyon Village quickly developed as the new focal point of Grand Canyon tourism, replacing Bass Camp to the west and Grandview Hotel to the east. To accommodate the increasing flood of visitors, the railroad completed the El Tovar Hotel in 1912.

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