Remains of River Rest House on Bright Angel Trail after it burned.
Fortunately the shell of this structure was left intact, and the National Park Service restored this rest stop for hikers at the bottom of the Canyon. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
Mule Strings at River Rest House, Inner Canyon.
This is the last stop along the Colorado River on the Bright Angel Trail before hikers start their ascent up the canyon. The vegetation of early spring is on display at this rest stop, but no significant changes were recorded from this site. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
The Corkscrew: Lower End of Bright Angel Trail.
It is hard to imagine traveling down (or up) the steep Devil's Corkscrew on the Old Bright Angel Trail today, but hikers didn't have many alternatives before the National Park Service bypassed this stretch of the trail during the 1930s. It is obvious from the angle of the original photograph that Emery Kolb repelled a series of rock formations to achieve the height and perspective, but after several attempts and a warning from a park ranger to stay on the trail, I decided on this location. The vegetation on the cCnyon floor blocked some of the view.
NBC-TV group poses for photo with TV camera at Plateau Point.
The first and only airplane to land within the canyon at Plateau Point. Pilot: R.V. Thomas. Fred Harvey mules on left.
Since there are only a few spots along Plateau Point with enough "runway" to support a plane landing and taking off, it didn’t take much effort to locate the original camera station. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
Kolb Processing Building, Indian Garden, Grand Canyon.
This photograph was particularly difficult to repeat. The processing building has been demolished and the numerous rock outcrops on the canyon floor didn't help with the site identification. The original photograph was taken in the morning and my repeat taken mid-afternoon.
Blanche Kolb at Indian Gardens film developing darkroom cabin. Brownie (mule) and Rags (dog).
Many hikers were amazed that the Kolb Studios operated a darkroom in the middle of the Canyon. It took some investigation to locate the exact site, but the rock groupings in the background gave the location away. It also helped that a rock on the opposite side of the trail must have been where Emery Kolb was perched when shooting the original image. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
Indian Garden rest house looking southeast.
The vegetation at Indian Garden requires continuous landscaping and maintenance to ensure that the trail, rest house, and other structures are not overrun. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
Jacob’s Ladder, Old Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon.
During the 1930s, the National Park Service, aided by laborers from the Civilian Conservation Corp, worked to reroute and improve the integrity and safety of this famous section of the old Bright Angel Trail. It was quite obvious when I reached this location, that Emery Kolb took the original image "off-trail" at a higher elevation.
Three-mile rest house on the Bright Angel Trail with thatch roof.
The repeat image was taken during the first weekend that the North Kaibab Trail was official open. A 'rim-to-rim' race drew many runners that weekend -- some of which found this shelter a refuge from the mid-day heat and temperatures in the upper 90s. Note that the vegetation is unchanged. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
On Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon, Arizona. A mule-back party begins the thrilling descent of a vertical mile drop in 7 miles to the Colorado River.
While reviewing this image upon my return from the Canyon, I realized that Josef Muench (original photographer) was actually standing on a little outcrop of rocks slightly above and west of where I shot the repeat image. The trail remains relatively unchanged.