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Master of Science (MS)




Melody Graulich


The chapters of this thesis focus on the history and stories of the people who built and traveled down the highways--Highway 89A, Highway 89, and Highway 67--that branch out from the junction in front of Jacob Lake Inn, the Bowman/Rich family's 87-year-old lodge. The family's role in building roads, supporting and encouraging the growing tourist industry in Kanab and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the converging effects of these choices have created the unique family culture and contributed to the history of the Grand Canyon region over time. Ultimately this thesis is about relationships, about the connections, influences, and choices of individuals, businesses, and government organizations that have created the myriad levels of local and national memory and unique distinctions between the tourist industry on the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon that have framed my family's lifestyle at the junction to the National Park and surrounding scenic areas.


This work made publicly available electronically on November 22, 2010.