As one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon is a true national treasure. There are countless cool things to do when visiting Grand Canyon National Park at Yavapai Lodge. From hiking to history to stargazing that’s literally out of this world, there’s so much to explore at the Grand Canyon.
But what if we told you that the Grand Canyon isn’t the only treasure to be found in these parts. That there actually may be gold in them thar hills. Along with a lost city. And mummies.
Yes, an extraordinary lost world is said to be found somewhere within Grand Canyon National Park. Of course this covers 1,902 square miles, which may be part of why this treasure trove is still out there.
The legend dates back to a peculiar story in the April 5, 1909 edition of the Arizona Gazette. The publication claimed that two individuals came upon something rather startling somewhere in the Marble Canyon region of the Grand Canyon.
A pair of alleged Smithsonian-funded archaeologists, S. A. Jordan and G.E. Kincaid, didn’t just claim to have found evidence of lost treasure. No, these two claimed to have discovered a lost Egyptian civilization (!) lying deep beneath the Grand Canyon.
According to Kincaid: “The tomb or crypt in which the mummies were found is one of the largest of the chambers, the walls slanting back at an angle of about 35 degrees. On these are tiers of mummies, each one occupying a separate hewn shelf. At the head of each is a small bench, on which is found copper cups and pieces of broken swords. Some of the mummies are covered with clay, and all are wrapped in a bark fabric.
Upwards of 50,000 people could have lived in the caverns comfortably. One theory is that the present Indian tribes found in Arizona are descendants of the serfs or slaves of the people which inhabited the cave. Undoubtedly a good many thousands of years before the Christian era, a people lived here which reached a high stage of civilization. The chronology of human history is full of gaps.”
So, lost treasure? That’s a pretty neat story. A hidden Atlantis-like civilization? That’s on a whole different level of jaw-dropping.
With a reputable paper running the story, tales of the lost civilization caught on in the region. Over the past century, numerous archeologists have put on their Indiana Jones hat and gone searching for this mythical lost world.
While there was a film based on this exact topic in 2008 (starring screen legend Shannen Doherty), so far no one has been able to confirm Jordan and Kincaid’s wild claims. In fact, no one has any proof that they were even real people.
Today, most regard their story as a tall tale that the Arizona Gazette invented. Maybe the publication was just trying to sell more newspapers? Much like the fabled lost civilization itself, how this all came about is still a mystery.
That said, if you needed another reason to visit Grand Canyon National Park during its 100th year celebration, this lost city is just waiting to be found.
Think of all the gadgets you have on your phone: GPS, a flashlight, video capabilities. With that kind of technological wizardry, maybe you’ll solve the mystery 110 years after two shady archeologists spun a yarn for all-time.