Wow! Where did that tree come from? This cabin, located next to the present-day cantina at Phantom Ranch, is one of the original structures designed by Mary Colter and built for the Fred Harvey Company. The repeat image was taken earlier in the day based on the rays of sunlight against the rocks in the background.
Except for some canyon floor vegetation in the foreground and the fact that the repeat photograph was taken during the early morning, visitor's views of the shower house are identical to that shown in the original image. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
Phantom Ranch pool.
A tourist resting and relaxing by the Phantom Ranch swimming pool in the late 1940s wouldn't be able to recognize the open space left with the pool's closure. The trees and shrubs have removed most of the evidence, leaving the stray river rock boulder as the only vestiges of this once popular feature.
The group at Phantom Ranch, near swimming pool.
Forty years have elapsed since the closing of the swimming pool at Phantom Ranch. Other than the former recreation hall in the background, the vegetation has swept through and masked this popular tourist spot at the bottom of the Canyon.
Rock House Bridge across Bright Angel Creek at Phantom Ranch looking north.
Little alternations in the vegetation are the only difference that await hikers (and mules) crossing the bridge in the twenty-five years since the original was captured. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.
NPS Mule Barn, Bldg. 222. Phantom Ranch corral looking southwest with Silver Bridge in background.
The original image was taken further back near the location of the water pump house (which was inaccessible to hikers at the time that the repeat photograph was taken). The trees and other vegetation are lush on this early spring morning. Original photograph used courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum.