"The Great American Gorge" Grand Canyon Travel Token Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: A Grand Canyon gold-tone travel token with an image of the canyon from the viewpoint of Mather Point reading "Grand Canyon National Park, Mather Point" on the obverse, and the reverse reading "Mather Point is the number one place to view the Grand Canyon. Elevation 7,120 feet. It overlooks Pipe Creek Canyon & the inner gorge of the Colorado River." The token is strung on braided brass rope chain measuring 26''.
Components Found in: Phoenix AZ
The Grand Canyon is an absolute treasure for geologists and historians. This gorge is estimated to be formed 5 to 6 million years ago from the slow erosion of the Colorado River. The mile-high walls of this expansive northern Arizona canyon reveal layers of the Earth’s crust dating back nearly 2 billion years ago! Archeologists have discovered ruins and artifacts from native settlers in the area from about 12,000 years ago, with some evidence of their presence during the last Ice Age. Today, more than 5 million people from all over the globe come to awe at this magnificent landmark while hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, and even visiting the bar at the bottom of the canyon- that is if you can handle the 18+ mile hike down the steep terrain!
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