National Geographic : 1964 Apr
Atlantic. Below us, crimson temples rose on purple islands, and eroded, pink-banded shorelines connected monstrous promontories flaunting the green dapple of living things. Explorer Calls Grand Canyon "Profitless" One of the first Americans to see Grand Canyon, Lt. Joseph C. Ives in 1858, regard ed the region as "altogether valueless." He prophesied that his party would be the last "to visit this profitless locality," for once having entered the canyon, he said, "there is nothing to do but leave." We didn't agree, and Jean best expressed 562 our reason: "After you've seen Grand Canyon, what do you do for an encore?" "How about Glen Canyon?" I answered. Backtracking to Echo Cliffs, we took the new 89 to Page, a new city perched on the plateau above the immense Glen Canyon Dam then being built across the Colorado (page 558). We crossed the great bridge, 700 feet above the river, that had to be construct ed before the dam could rise. We turned off to Wahweap, where my old friend Art Greene has his new diggings-all set up to take people boat riding when Lake Powell, the reservoir behind the dam, fills.