This is an amazing scrapbook kept by a native American girl by the name of Neva Nichols. It is a wonderful look into her seemingly happy life growing up along the rim of Grand Canyon National Park Coconino County, Arizona in the 1930’s. There are wonderful characters in this scrapbook. From a couple of wealthy benefactor to a XEMO radio star, “Highest Yodeler in the World.” She documented Porcupine, Buffalo and Eagle dance ceremonies and took amazing photos of costume and area landmarks. This will be a work in progress as are all my blogs. I will be doing closeup of the interesting photos and explaining some.
I know that her father, Paul L. Nichols is buried in the Grand Canyon Cemetery along with her benefactor Frances C. Allison along with some killed in the June 30, 1956 collision at 11:30 am between TWA Flight 2 (Constellation) with 70 persons aboard, and United Airlines Flight 718 (DC-7) with 58 persons aboard
The following photos are captioned left to right, top to bottom.
The first photo is Neva’s mother Jane; the next one shows Sparky, a family friend (many other photos of him are in this photo book) Next is a picture of her girlfriend Carrie Reed and her step-mother. Carrie’s mother Elsie died on July 4, 1924 and is buried in the Grand Canyon cemetery at Coconino County, Arizona. The next photo shows the Verkamps Trading post that is on National Register of Historic Places founded by John George Verkamp’s in 1906.
Here is an article captioned Century Old Grand Canyon souvenir shop gets ready to
retire June 1, 2008 by Amanda Lee Myers
It was 1898, before the Grand Canyon was a national park, before there was a National Park Service and before Arizona was even a state. Not many had the means to visit the mile-deep gorge, so it was mostly just a handful of adventurers, prospectors, the American Indians whose people had lived there for centuries, and the Verkamps.
These days, the Grand Canyon has luxury lodges and cute coffee shops. The only thing it won’t have come September is the Verkamps and their store, Verkamp’s Curios.
The family’s final chapter at the canyon began in 1998, when Congress passed a law that reversed giving preference to established businesses when issuing contracts. A company that had never operated at a given park now could outbid anyone if it had a better proposal – even if the competition had been there for moreThe bottom middle photo is captioned Laura & Sam and the last photo is captioned Laura and Mrs Spencer. This is one I will enlarge, it shows a great flagstone walls and a giant pot hanging from a tree limp beam. I have no idea what such a large pot was used for. Maybe for boiling blankets or washing clothes, I wish I knew
Verkamp’s Curios built by John Verkamp in 1905. He sold arts and crafts as well as souvenirs. Lurie a girlfriend of Neva Nichols stands in front of store
This page shows four photos of the Cameron Bridge. Photo left shows Neva’s mother posing on the bridge; middle top shows bridge from the side; the bottom middle shows a family friend “Nara” on the bridge and the last photo shows a car coming into the bridge and is captioned Car on the Cameron Bridge over Little Colorado River
The following photos are captioned: Josephine Secakuku: Mary Ann Haskell; Iola; Iola in Birthday suit; Lois – Me and Josephine; Jo
These photo were taken from an airplane and shows different views of the canyon
In these photos we have captioned from left to right, top to bottom: View of Watchtower; Paul Nichols, Neva Nichols, Arthur and Frank; Judith, Lola, Mother, Renie and Lola; Sammy and Father in blankets
Here you can see a lot of debris at the foot of the watchtower
These are captioned Neva, Ernie, Lillian; Me (Neva), Ernie(in eagle dance costume) and Lillian; Daddy (Paul Nichols) and I (Neva)
Below is a fantastic photo of Ernest in his Eagle Dance costume with great view of his squash blossom necklace
Below we find Paul Nichols in his fabulous ceremonial costume, great detail on this photo
Here is a closeup of the Eagle Dance c. 1930
Below we have a closeup of the Porcupine Dance c. 1930
Just a wonderful photo below of Neva on the rim of the canyon with closeup of her bracelets and necklace c. 1930’s
In photo below we find Neva and her father on the edge of the canyon rim, mighty close.
Great photo of Eagle Dance costume, blankets and squash blossom necklace, all c. 1930’s
Close up of above photo, just great jewelry and Ernie’s Eagle Dance costume, c. 1930’s