The Lost City of the Dead in the Grand Canyon

On April 5th 1909 an article was printed in the Arizona Gazette:
The following is the article exactly as was written-

                              "Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern being brought to light."
The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, 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 ago.

According to the story related to the Gazette by Mr. Kinkaid, the archaelogists 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 heiroglyphics, 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.

A Thorough Examination

Under the direction of Prof. 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 for 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 persons.

Mr. Kinkaid's Report

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 scientists wish to work unmolested, without fear of archeological 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 mineral. 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 went in. 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 Passages

"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.

The Shrine

"Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which are found the idol, or image, of the people's god, sitting cross-legged, with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, and the carving 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 chemicals for centureis 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 varous 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 granaries are rounded, as the materials of which they are constructed, I think, is a ver 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 eyse', a yellow stone of no great value. Each one is engraved with the head of the Malay type.

The Hieroglyphics

"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 tables 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 Crypt

"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 head 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 thousands 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 is much enthused over the discoveries and believes that the find will prove of incalculable value in archeological work.

"One thing I have not spoken of, may be of interest. There is one chamber of 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 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 in space."

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 the people of two hearts. Machetto, who was their chief, counseled them to leave the underworld, 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.

       -Phoenix/ Arizona Gazette, 1909

This whole discovery has been covered up and disappeared.

That's not to say it's not true though. The question is, why would something like this be covered up and what other evidence out there correlates with this story?

The first person to put this story into the light since the original print in 1909 was Jack Andrews. He has since tried to contact the Smithsonian about Kinkaid and Jordan's involvement with the Smithsonian and this alleged find. Here is the response he got:

Subject: Smithsonian Explorer - Reply
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 09:09:36 -0400
From: "Smithsonian Information"

Jack Andrews

Your online inquiry of May 17 has been received in this office for

Staff in our Office of Smithsonian Archives advise that neither G.E.
Kincaid nor S. A. Jordan were ever employed by the Smithsonian.
Further, they have no proof that these people ever existed. These two
names appear in an article published in the Phoenix Gazette on April
5, 1909 that alleges that G.E. Kincaid and S.A. Jordan were
Smithsonian employees responsible for locating Egyptian temples in the
Grand Canyon. Please note, however, that this story is untrue. The
only records of G. E. Kincaid and S.A. Jordan in the Smithsonian
Archives are the 1909 Phoenix Gazette newspaper article, from which
this myth appears to have originated, inquiries regarding the story,
and the Smithsonian Institution responses to those letters.

Your interest in the Smithsonian Institution is appreciated.

I find the response of the Smithsonian interesting. It almost seems a bit aggressive, why do they need to mention that they never existed. To be employed is one thing and to not exist is another. They also go to note that the story is untrue indicating that the only evidence that the Smithsonian has on the subject is the article itself, calling it a myth. In this email they state that these people never existed and the story is a myth and untrue. Basically putting the nail in the coffin.

But why would the Smithsonian cover up something like this? Because it would change the entire history of North America as we know it and would not align with how history was written up to that point in history. Believe it or not, there is precedence for the Smithsonian losing information about discoveries that are deemed to not fit in with currently accepted dogma about the history of America and its interaction or lack thereof with other ancient civilizations. This story would definitely fit into that category.

There are also some flaws in the e-mail Jack got back from the Smithsonian. For one, the article never states that Kinkaid and Jordan were employees. " G.E. Kincaid and S.A. Jordan were Smithsonian employees responsible for locating Egyptian temples in the Grand Canyon" The article states that Kinkaid had "thirty years of service of the Smithsonian" meaning that he was a freelance contractor which was not uncommon for the Smithsonian to have. The article also states that "under the direction of Professor Jordan the Smithsonian is now prosecuting the most through examinations" This simply states that Jordan was "directing" which meant that he may have been brought in from outside the Smithsonian to direct the investigations. This proves that the Smithsonian almost did no research into the subject and really just give a quick skim over the article with a skeptical and biased eye but are quick to say these people never existed and that the story is untrue.

Let's take a look at some of the other stories that seem to correlate with the article printed in 1909.

It's in this same area that the Hopi Indians lived and is where many of their stories and traditions come from. One old Hopi tale from "The book of the Hopi" mentions that the Hopi people had originated from an underground cavern system in the Grand Canyon, instead of having migrated from the west. One could speculate that perhaps the the Hopi, "the people of the one heart", had been specially bred as a slave race by and for "the people of the two hearts", and later rebelled and escaped to become the Native American peoples we know today. Who exactly were the "people of the one heart" and "people of the two hearts"? The people of the one heart are people who are honest, whereas the people of the two hearts are people who say one thing, but are thinking another, liars; those who speak with a "forked tongue".

Seth Tanner was a Mormon settler who established the Tanner trail in the Grand Canyon National Park. He was chosen by Brigham Young to go on an expedition to search out a suitable place for settlement on the Little Colorado River. Once he settled along the Little Colorado River his exploration grew among the area. One day as he was exploring the area he came upon a cave that was held sacred to the Hopi. The cave was the Hopi's place were their people originated from correlating with the story above. The fact that he simply saw this sacred ground upset the Hopi a great deal. Normally in this situation he would have been killed immediately, but one of Tanner's wifes was a Hopi so his life was spared, but the issue was still at hand that an outsider had laid eye's on this sacred site and the Hopi elders decided that he was to be blind for the remainder of his life. The Hopi put a type of powder into his eye's which turned them a cloudy white and made him go blind. Interestingly enough with you read stories about his life, this part of the story has been left out. Why?

John Wesley Powell was the first person to travel the entire Colorado river and explored the Grand Canyon from 1896 to 1872 (before the article was published). In his book "Explorations of the Colorado River and it's Canyon's" he writes:

"In this, great numbers of caves are hollowed out, and carvings are seen which suggest architectural forms, though on a scale so grand that architectural terms belittle them. As this great bed forms a distinctive feature of the canyon, we call it Marble Canyon."

"I walk down the gorge to the left at the foot of the cliff, climb to a bench, and discover a trail deeply worn into the rock. Where it crosses the side gulches in some places steps have been cut. I can see no evidence of its having been traveled for a long time. It was doubtless a path used by the people who inhabited this country anterior to the present Indian races-the people who built the communal houses of which mention has been made. I returned to camp about three o'clock and find that some of the men have discovered ruins and many fragments of pottery; also etchings and hieroglyphics on the rocks"

Now compare Powell's description with G. E. Kinkaid's entrance to the cave from the article published in 1909.

" 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 from 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 went in."

Many people say there is no way any of this story can be true.  Modern day archeologist dismiss anything remotely related to any stories like this because it's not what they were taught.  It's funny that just because something isn't written in any history books it's discounted as false.  We live in a world that's dictated so heavily that intelligent people aren't aloud to think for themselves.  How do we know that what has been written in the history books is real in the first place.  Because why would any government lie to their people? I personally feel it's all dictated in order to paint a picture of how the people in power want history to be known.  It's just like the tale of Christopher Columbus, some guy who was well known throughout Europe sailed a ship to America and claimed it as his own, and there for he was the one who "discovered" America.  Non-sense, simply non-sense.  The only reason this is what is taught in American history is so we have an understanding of how "America" was started and by using the word "discovered" it takes out our vision of taking over a land from native people.  It's also now been proven that Vikings came here long before Columbus anyway.  There are so many old artifacts in North America  that proves this land has been inhabited much longer then previously thought, by many different races other than the Native Americans.  Did you know there are 5000 year old pyramids in North America?  No, that's because they call them mounds, history as "they" want it to be written.

There is so much more to North America then what is written in the history books and what is presented in Museums.  Don't be fooled by the power of dictated history.  It's all dictated, edited and published as our government sees fit.  Remember, that it's people with power who decide what is historical fact and what is fiction.  We all must allow ourselves to see beyond what is taught to us in public schools.  Public knowledge is not just there for your convenience, but it's there to set you train of thought is such a way that you accept everything that is published through the authority of our government.  Open and attain your attainable mind.