With a history spanning more than 7 million years, the Grand Canyon has long been a source of wonder for prospectors, explorers, and tourists, but travel to and from the Canyon wasn’t always as easy as it is now. Before the inception of the Grand Canyon Railway in the early 1900s, it took an hours-long, bumpy stagecoach ride to reach the Rim. Nowadays, we have many options for getting to the Grand Canyon, including airplane, bus, personal automobile, and of course, by train.
Throughout its century-long history, the Grand Canyon Railway has been helping shuttle valuable goods, livestock, and people to and from the Rim. Today, the Railway functions solely as a mode of transportation for travelers, but much like the Grand Canyon, the Railway has a long, layered history. Let’s take a closer look at the story behind this historic mainstay.