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Canyon Diablo, AZ

Canyon Diablo

Coconino Co.

Smith Map, 1879;
GLO , 1921

Sp. "devil's canyon."  Heads in southwest corner, T. 17 N., R. 10 E.  At northeast side of Hutch mountain.  P.O. and R. R. Station on A. T. & S. F. R. R. 26 miles west of Winslow.  Canyon is 256 feet deep at railroad bridge.  Enters Little Colorado river 6 miles northwest of Leupp.  Is generally dry excepting in rainy season or when snow in the mountains is melting.

"Dec. 13, 1853:  We were surprised to find at our feet a chasm probably 100 feet deep and 300 across.  Descent was impossible.  We followed the right bank to its junction with the Colorado Chiquito and camped. . . . .  The canyon has been named Canyon Diablo."  Wheeler.  Beale crossed it on Apr 11, 1857, he writes: "It is appropriately named, being a deep chasm with perpendicular rock sides.  It might be easily bridged."

When the A & P. R. R. came to this canyon in Nov., 1881, work was held up for some time by lack of bridge materials.  E. E. Ayer had a huge shipment of material for his proposed saw mill at Flagstaff.  He built a road across the canyon and hired ox teams to haul the stuff.  P. O established Nov. 15, 1886, Chas. H Algert,   P.M.

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