The Grand Canyon's Grand Secret
In 1998 I unleashed a firestorm on the world wide web by
meticulously placing an article written about the Grand Canyon
in 1909 on my website. It generated more email on the subject
then anyone else I had ever chosen to comment on or cover. Thatâ€™s
because the Phoenix Gazette article revealed the existence of
a grand secret in the nationâ€™s most famous canyon.
The best way to describe the situation is to
allow it to describe itself. Here is the unabridged article
just as it appeared in the Phoenix Gazette on April 5, 1909:
Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient People Migrated From Orient:
The latest news of the progress of the explorations or what
is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archaeological
discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable
in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette
(see photo at left), was brought to the city yesterday by G.E.
Kinkaid, the explorer who found the great underground citadel
of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River, Wyoming,
down the Colorado, in a wooden boat, to Yuma, several months
According to the story related to the Gazette by Mr. Kinkaid,
the archaeologists of the Smithsonian Institute, which is financing
the expeditions, have made discoveries which almost conclusively
prove that the race which inhabited this mysterious cavern,
hewn in solid rock by human hands, was of oriental origin, possibly
from Egypt, tracing back to Ramses. If their theories are borne
out by the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics,
the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America, their
ancient arts, who they were and whence they came will be solved.
Egypt and the Nile, and Arizona and the Colorado will be
linked by a historical chain running back to ages, which staggers
the wildest fancy of the fictionist. Under the direction of
Professor S.A. Jordan, the Smithsonian Institute is now prosecuting
the most thorough explorations, which will be continued until
the last link in the chain is forged.
Nearly a mile underground, about 1480 feet below the surface,
the long main passage has been delved into, to find another
mammoth chamber from which radiates scores of passageways, like
the spokes of a wheel. Several hundred rooms have been discovered,
reached by passageways running from the main passage, one of
them having been explored are 854 feet and another 634 feet.
The recent finds include articles, which have never been
known as native to this country and doubtless they had their
origin in the orient.
War weapons, copper instruments, sharp - edged and hard as
steel, indicate the high state of civilization reached by these
strange people. So interested have the scientists become that
preparations are being made to equip the camp for extensive
studies, and the force will be increased to thirty or forty
"Before going further into the cavern, better facilities
for lighting will have to be installed, for the darkness is
dense and quite impenetrable for the average flashlight. In
order to avoid being lost, wires are being strung from the entrance
to all passageways leading directly to large chambers. How far
this cavern extends no one can guess, but it is now the belief
of many that what has already been explored is merely the "barracks",
to use an American term, for the soldiers, and that far into
the underworld will be found the main communal dwellings of
the families. The perfect ventilation of the cavern, the steady
draught that blows through, indicates that it has another outlet
to the surface."
Mr. Kinkaid was the first white child born in Idaho and has
been an explorer and hunter all his life, thirty years having
been in the service of the Smithsonian Institute. Even briefly
recounted, his history sounds fabulous, almost grotesque:
"First, I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible.
The entrance is 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. It is
located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there
under penalty of trespass."
The scientist's wish to work unmolested, without fear
of the archaeological discoveries being disturbed by curio or
relic hunters. A trip there would be fruitless, and the visitor
would be sent on his way.
"The story of how I found the cavern has been related,
but in a paragraph: I was journeying down the Colorado River
in a boat, alone, looking for minerals. Some forty two miles
up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon, I saw on the
east wall, stains in the sedimentary formation about 2,000 feet
above the river bed. There was no trail to this point, but I
finally reached it with great difficulty. Above a shelf, which
hid it from view from the river, was the mouth of the cave."
"There are steps leading from this entrance some thirty
yards to what was, at the time the cavern was inhabited, the
level of the river. When I saw the chisel marks on the wall
inside the entrance, I became interested, securing my gun and
"During that trip, I went back several hundred feet
along the main passage till I came to the crypt in which I discovered
the mummies. One of these I stood up and photographed by flashlight.
I gathered a number of relics, which I carried down the Colorado
to Yuma, from whence I shipped them to Washington with details
of the discovery. Following this, the explorations were undertaken."
"The main passageway is about 12 feet wide, narrowing
to nine feet toward the farther end. About 57 feet from the
entrance, the first side-passages branch off to the right and
left, along which, on both sides, are a number of rooms about
the size of ordinary living rooms of today, though some are
30 by 40 feet square. These are entered by oval-shaped doors
and are ventilated by round air spaces through the walls into
the passages. The walls are about three feet six inches in thickness.
The passages are chiseled or hewn as straight as could be laid
out by an engineer. The ceilings of many of the rooms converge
to a center."
"The side-passages near the entrance run at a sharp
angle from the main hall, but toward the rear, they gradually
reach a right angle in direction."
"Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall,
several hundred feet long in which is found the idol, or image,
of the people's god, sitting cross-legged, with lotus flower
or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, the
carving shows a skillful hand, and the entire object is remarkably
well preserved, as is everything in this cavern."
"The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists
are not certain as to what religious worship it represents.
Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible
that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet."
"Surrounding this idol are smaller images, some very
beautiful in form others crooked-necked and distorted shapes,
symbolical probably, of good and evil. There are two large cactus
with protruding arms, one on each side of the dais on which
the God squats. All this is carved out of hard rock resembling
marble. In the opposite corner of this cross-hall were found
tools of all descriptions, made of copper."
"These people undoubtedly knew the lost art of hardening
this metal, which has been sought by chemists for centuries
without result. On a bench running around the workroom was some
charcoal and other material probably used in the process. There
is also slag and stuff similar to matte, showing that these
ancients smelted ores, but so far, no trace of where or how
this was done has been discovered, nor the origin of the ore."
"Among the other finds are vases or urns and cups of
copper and gold, made very artistic in design. The pottery work
includes enameled ware and glazed vessels. Another passageway
leads to granaries such as are found in the oriental temples.
They contain seeds of various kinds. One very large storehouse
has not yet been entered, as it is twelve feet high and can
be reached only from above. Two copper hooks extend on the edge,
which indicates that some sort of ladder was attached. These
grannies are rounded, as the materials of which they are constructed,
I think is a very hard cement. A Gray metal is also found in
this cavern, which puzzles the scientists, for its identity
has not been established. It resembles platinum."
"Strewn promiscuously over the floor everywhere are
what people call 'cats eyes,' a yellow stone of no great
value. Each one is engraved with the head of the Malay type."
"On all the urns, or walls over doorways, and tablets
of stone which were found by the image are the mysterious hieroglyphics,
the key to which the Smithsonian Institute hopes yet to discover.
The engraving on the tablets probably has something to do with
the religion of the people. Similar hieroglyphics have been
found in southern Arizona. Among the pictorial writings, only
two animals are found. One is of prehistoric type."
"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 bead 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. The urns or cups on the lower
tiers are crude, while as the higher shelves are reached, the
urns are finer in design, showing a later stage of civilization."
"It is worthy of note that all the mummies examined
so far have proved to be male, no children or females being
buried here. This leads to the belief that this exterior section
was the warriors' barracks. Among the discoveries, no bones
of animals have been found, no skins, no clothing, no bedding.
Many of the rooms are bare but for water vessels. One room,
about 40 by 700 feet, was probably the main dining hall, for
cooking utensils are found here."
"What these people lived on is a problem, though it
is presumed that they came south in the winter and farmed in
the valleys, going back north in the summer. 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 thousand 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."
Professor Jordan much enthused over the discoveries and believes
that the find will prove of incalculable value in archaeological
"One thing I have not spoken of, may be of interest.
There is one chamber, the passageway to which is not ventilated,
and when we approached it a deadly, snaky smell struck us. Our
light would not penetrate the gloom, and until stronger ones
are available, we will not know what the chamber contains. Some
say snakes, but other boo-hoo'd this idea and think it may
contain a deadly gas or chemicals used by the ancients. No sounds
are heard, but it smells snaky just the same."
"The whole underground installation gives one of shaky
nerves the creeps. The gloom is like a weight on one's shoulders,
and our flashlights and candles only make the darkness blacker.
Imagination can revel in conjectures and ungodly daydreams back
through the ages that have elapsed till the mind reels dizzily
AN INDIAN LEGEND
In connection with this story, it is notable that among the
Hopi Indians the tradition is told that their ancestors once
lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon till dissension arose
between the good and the bad, the people of one heart and people
of two hearts.
Machetto, who was their chief, counseled them to leave the under
world, but there was no way out. The chief then caused a tree
to grow up and pierce the roof of the underworld, and then the
people of one heart climbed out. They tarried by Paisisvai (Red
River), which is the Colorado, and grew grain and corn. They
sent out a message to the Temple of the Sun, asking the blessing
of peace, good will and rain for people of one heart. That messenger
never returned, but today at the Hopi villages at sundown can
be seen the old men of the tribe out on the housetops gazing
toward the sun, looking for the messenger. When he returns,
their lands and ancient dwelling place will be restored to them.
That is the tradition.
Among the engravings of animals in the cave is seen the image
of a heart over the spot where it is located. The legend was
learned by W.E. Rollins the artist, during a year spent with
the Hopi Indians. There are two theories of the origin of the
Egyptians. One is that they came from Asia another that the
racial cradle was in the upper Nile region. Heeren, an Egyptologist,
believed in the Indian origin of the Egyptians. The discoveries
in the Grand Canyon may throw further light on human evolution
and prehistoric ages.
At the start of the article a previous piece is mentioned.
That article has also been located and briefly describes Kincaidâ€™s
arrival in Yuma and his preparations for the expedition. Both
articles have long been a thorn in the side of the Smithsonian.
They claim no knowledge of the expedition or any materials retrieved
from it. In 1998 a spokesperson for the Smithsonian wrote me
a letter in response to my inquiry stating: â€œWe know of no credible
evidence that supports the discovery of ancient Egyptian artifacts
or hieroglyphs anywhere in the Americas.â€ But there are problems
with their denials. What are clearly rock carvings with distinctly
Egyptian hieroglyphs on them have been discovered in several
areas of the Grand Canyon. I have tried to get subsequent comments
from the Smithsonian, but have simply received an email stating
that they stand by their original statements.
Whenever any type of discovery seems to interfere with the
scientific status quo, itâ€™s ignored. Proof of this can be seen
in the development of Alexander Graham Bellâ€™s telephone. A number
of serious scientists and engineers of his day freely exclaimed
their doubts that such an invention would be feasible, or too
complicated and expensive to develop. Other prominent scientific
figures worried about the health effects of such a device, claiming
it would likely lead to deafness. Most of the exposing views
came from people hired to render them by telegraph companies
and competitors. The same is true today. Some of these scientists
also stated that people traveling in mechanical vehicles would
probably die if the speeds reached surpassed sixty miles per
There are a number of prominent Archeologists who have lined
up against the gazette article and hieroglyphs as fakes. But
there are far more positives then negatives in terms of evidence.
Although the fabulous finds from the Grand Canyon caves were
supposed to be described and exhibited by the Smithsonian, it
never happened. Instead, further attempts to explore that part
of the canyon were stopped. Federal authorities decided to make
it off limits to exploration. Although conservation was given
as one of the reasons, the restricted area was suspiciously
limited to the same where the cave was discovered.
I have received a few references to letters or articles (but
not the original documents) in private collections by people
who have attended my seminars in Phoenix that claim a late 1930â€™s
attempt was made to re-visit the cave. It seems that a man named
Johnson located one of the original expedition members who was
still alive and living in Phoenix. The un-named man drew maps
and helped Johnson to locate the cave area which, at that time,
was not known to be in a restricted location. Johnson found
that tons of rock had been dumped or placed at three possible
entrances to the cave and seemed to extend well into it. Lacking
the manpower, machines or funding necessary to go further, he
gave up his quest but was sure he had located the cave.
One of the most interesting stories that came from the un-named
member of the original expedition was that twenty ceremonial
daggers were discovered in the cave. The daggers are not mentioned
in the article because Kincaid feared their value might be such
that serious attempts would be made to steal them. The weapons
seemed very light and unusually sharp. The man was given one
by Kincaid in lieu of his share of the discoveries. Others received
some as well. He kept the dagger for years and marveled how
it never seemed to corrode or loose sharpness. Finally, he sold
it to an area collector for what he said was â€œa goodly sumâ€
and lost track of the man. One wonders what the dagger was made
What was found in that cave that so disturbed the government?
Surely the mere existence of proof that Egyptians or Phoenicians
may have visited the ancient Americas would not be reason enough
to cover up such a monumental discovery? But there may have
been other forces at work. Like Utah and other parts of the
Southwest, Arizona has always had a large population of people
that follow the Mormon Faith. The Latter-Day Saints have long
claimed that a great ancient civilization predated and existed
before the Native Americans of North America. Considering the
long-standing animosity between Mormons and the Government,
it would not be impossible to believe that federal authorities
would go out of their way to help deny these people physical
evidence that might help support their point of view. But thatâ€™s
not the only possible reason for an archeological cover-up.
A short re-reading of the people of one and two hearts mentioned
in the 1909 article reveals more things that might concern the
Government. Many southwestern native peoples believe their ancestors
came here from the skies or that they are somehow related to
the stars. Many Hopiâ€™s believe this. Itâ€™s possible that some
unique material or technology was discovered in those caves
of unknown origin that federal authorities did not want to have
to share or explain until some future date. And what about the
territorial considerations? Always a matter of contention between
various tribes and federal authorities, a good case for land
claims might have been made by any one or all parties involved
based on the cave discoveries.
Although not enough of the hieroglyphic writing has been
discovered for a translation, similar writing was discovered
at a remote location in Australia around the same time that
the 1909 Grand Canyon Expedition occurred. Like what was seen
in America, the writing was the earliest form of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
used by Egyptians, Phoenicians and others. The rock carvings
are located in the National Park forest of the Hunter Valley,
100 kilometers north of Sydney in New South Wales. A rough translation
of the 250 rock carvings reveals a story of Egyptians that were
ship wrecked in Australia between 1779 and 2748 BC, based on
the language used and references to King Khufu. A cave where
the glyphs were found was likely the gravesite of the groupâ€™s
leader or commander, whose death is described in the translation.
Like the Grand Canyon carvings, many have taken sides against
the Aussie glyphs as being fake. This seems odd when you consider
the fact that any glyphs found in places where archeologists
expect to find them are rarely questioned, despite some often
questionable or odd content. In 1991, a weathered tablet discovered
by archeologists in the Valley of the Kings was immediately
touted as an â€œimportant piece of the ancient Egyptian puzzle.â€
A year later it was exposed as a complete hoax planted there
in the early part of this century by mischievous and bored archeology
students angry at their over-bearing professor in charge of
a dig in the valley.
Like the Grand Canyon cave discovery, the Aussie hieroglyphs
would tend to fuel the fire of claims that Phoenicians or Egyptians
may have walked the Americas at a time during or even before
Native Americans arrived from the orient over the suspected
Siberian Land Bridge. This would create all kinds of political
and social problems, perhaps more then governments want to be
Now itâ€™s my turn! I will not be foolish enough to claim absolutes
with evidence that seems good, but very eclectic. Instead, I
will play the guessing game with the wildest theory of all.
Suppose there is more then one history? Sound crazy? Before
you judge, consider the march of scientific discovery.
My Grandparents were part of a generation of people that
thought the idea of manned flight impossible or impractical.
Bishop Wright, Orville and Wilbur Wrightâ€™s father, said that
if God had meant for man to fly, he would have given him wings!
But science, engineering and discovery won out the day. My parents
used to laugh at the idea of people flying in space. It was
all â€œBuck Rogers stuffâ€ that belonged strictly in the science
fiction realm. In 1969, Neil Armstrong bridged the gap between
science fiction and science fact by being the first man to set
foot on the moon. Since then, at least half of what we thought
we knew about our planets, solar system and universe has changed
based on new discoveries.
As a kid growing up in the 1960â€™s, I read books, watched
TV shows and went to movies about Time Travel. Like the previously
wild ideas of manned flight and trips into space, time travel
was a subject relegated to the sci-fi genre, despite impressive
suggestions by Einstein and other great minds that it might
be possible. Once I started to consider the idea of time travel
as a possible reality, I had to settle on a methodology and
I decided that while time always seems to move forward, that
view of things came from a one-sided position of existence experienced
by people trapped in a linear time environment. Based on various
theories and evidences, I now believe that time is like a circle.
Anyone with the technology to do so might choose to visit any
part of that circle. That would allow not for the recreation
of the past, but the co-existence of it with any point in the
The problem with visiting any part of the circle is the impact
that visit might have on other parts. People visiting the past
will impact the future. Whether that impact is preordained or
not, it will cause a change. The question is will the change
be noticeable to some or all living it, or just equal things
out? I have spoke to a number of people through the years that
have noticed subtle changes. A house was remembered where there
was none. A friend that every one knew was suddenly recalled
by just one person. This could be an argument for the existence
of multiple histories within the circle.
Is time travel mental or physical? One canâ€™t help but read
the interpretation of the writings that Nostradamus left us
and wonder what window of the future he was able to see through.
Others may have had access to that same window. General Billy
Mitchell was a strong advocate for the development of military
air power by the USA after World War I, despite general disbelief
in it as a viable military weapon prior to World War II. Over
twenty years before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he told
superiors that Nippon interest in air power might cause them
to attack Pearl Harbor â€œearly one fine Sunday Morning.â€ He also
predicted that one day unmanned drones could replace some manned
aircraft for dangerous reconnaissance work. We are seeing this
today as the war on terrorism has featured the use of many unmanned
If time travel is as physically possible as it may be mentally,
anyone with the ability to travel through time would know the
risks. The biggest would be to cause enough change so that their
own existence would be wiped out or terribly altered. One would
assume that time travelers would be extremely careful, no matter
what their motivation might be. For this reason, little evidence
would be allowed to exist for their journey. But some might
The 1990â€™s brought attention to an Egyptian bas relief in
the Abydos Temple. The relief seems to clearly show a helicopter,
jet plane, space craft and dome or house with a microwave antenna
on it. The previous characters on the panel show a royal cartouche
and the mark of the sun god, along with a designation for the
king of upper and lower Egypt. Was this the story of a future
time told to a Pharaoh by visitors from that time? Nay Sayers
claim the figures exist because of a re-carving of the stone
for the purpose of correction, but I see no evidence of that
to the extent that it could account for all the modern devices
depicted on the relief.
I have many other proofs that time travel may exist at some
point in the near future, but will not take the space needed
to cover those here. Instead, I will ask you to consider that
more may have been found in the Grand Canyon then first suspected.
It seems strange that Egyptian explorers (if thatâ€™s who they
were) would end up so far from any coast in a most inhospitable
section of a huge canyon? Unless they ended up or were purposely
placed there, by people with the power to do so and for reasons
not immediately clear. Has partial eradication of the event
already been accomplished by time travelers who might have caused
it? If not, where are the artifacts, what ever happened to Kincaid
who vanished after the discovery and why is the Smithsonian
so adamant about their denials?
Although any evidence of the 1909 cave appears to have been
effectively dealt with by the government, exploration in caves
along the Grand Canyon is still discouraged under the banner
of environmentalism and cultural respect. Concerns about disturbing
bat populations and native burial sites are the latest excuse
used to keep people out. Of course the government makes a nice
buck from allowing people from all over the world to walk right
over the graves and sacred places of Native Americans at plenty
of other Southwest locations and regularly works to clear bats
of out various caves needed for their use!
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