Farlee Hotel at Diamond Creek


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In 1883, Julius H. and Cecelia Farlee along with their business partner, James Young, opened an eight-room hotel a mile from the Colorado River where Diamond Creek merges with Peach Springs Wash in the Grand Canyon. This hotel was the first hotel in the bottom of the Grand Canyon and was known as the Farlee Hotel, Diamond Creek Hotel, Santa Fe Hotel and Grand Cañon Hotel. The Farlees and Young transported tourists from Peach Springs, Arizona to their hotel by horse, wagon or stagecoaches and they averaged 100 guests per year. In the previous year, 1882, John Hance settled and built a hotel 100 miles to the west along the rim of the Grand Canyon, which later added to the decline of guests coming to the Farlee Hotel. By 1899, the hotel was closed and by 1901 all the lumber had been taken away for other uses.

The pyramid shape peak in the background rising above the Farlee Hotel is Diamond Peak at an elevation of 3,512 feet and is located at Colorado River mile 224 where the river is deep. Diamond Peak is part of the pre-cambrian geological rock layer of the Grand Canyon and rises 403 feet from the canyon floor.

This photo was previously misidentified as John Hance's hotel and cabin.


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