In Grand Canyon N. P. on west wall of canyon, near northeast corner of park. In lat. 36° 13', long. 111° 55'. Named for A. F. Banta by Will C. Barnes. Banta, a pioneer of pioneers, was chief scout for General Crook, at fort Whipple, 1865-1871. "Born in Indiana, 1846. Under name of Charles A. Franklin, went to Arizona 1863; member of 12th Legislature; chief guide, Wheeler expedition, 1873; district attorney, 1879-80; Probate Judge Apache Co., 1881-82; postmaster, deputy sheriff, and Deputy U. S. Marshall, etc." Farish
Banta's name, up to about 1882 was Charles A. Franklin. When the author (Will C. Barnes) first met him at Fort Apache in 1880, he was known as Charles Franklin and was U. S. Census Agent. Later he changed his name to A. F. Banta A brother, Henry Banta died at Flagstaff about 1892. Banta was elected to the Twelfth Territorial Legislature Jan. 1883, as C. A. Franklin. He again changed his name about 1888 when he entered the banking business in St. Johns.
In his personally written history Banta says: "In 1870 my name was Charles Ebert Franklin." But in his story "the Message to Garcia" he call himself "Charley Franklin Banta." Later in an article in Pick andDrill , July 3, 1897, he calls himself "Albert Franklin Banta." See Springerville.