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GRAND CANYON OF ARIZONA
HELD BEFORE THE
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JUNE 9, 1910
ON H. R. 2258, “GRANTING RIGHT OF WAY OVER
GRAND CANYON OF ARIZONA.
COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS,
Thursday, June 9, 1910. The committee was called to order at 10.15 a. m., Hon. Frank W. Mondell (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, the meeting of the committee was called this morning for the purpose of a hearing on the bill (H. R. 2258), granting a right of way over certain sections of the Grand Canyon Monument Reserve, in Arizona, to the Grand Canyon Scenic Railroad Company. The bill is as follows:
[H. R. 2258, Sixty-first Congress, first session.]
A BILL Granting right of way over certain sections of the Grand Canyon Monument Reserve, in Arizona,
to the Grand Canyon Scenic Railroad Company.
Be it enacted by the Senate aud House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the right of way through the public lands and the Grand Canyon National Monument Reserve is hereby granted to the Grand Canyon Scenic Railway Company from a point in section twenty-four, township thirty-one north, range two east, along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River to a point in section twenty, township thirty north, range four east; also from a point in section twentyfour, township thirty-one north, range two east, to a point on unsurveyed lands on the brink of Granite Gorge, all situated within the Territory of Arizona; all as more particularly described in the plat and field notes of survey filed by said railway company in the United States land office at Phoenix, Arizona, on the twelfth day of February, nineteen hundred eight; also the station grounds shown on said plat along the line of road described; also the right to take from the public lands and national monument adjacent to the line of said road material, earth, stone, and timber necessary for the construction of said road.
ŠEC. 2. That if any section of said road be not completed within five years after the passage of this act, the rights herein granted shall be forfeited as to any such uncompleted section of said road.
SEC. 3. That Congress hereby reserves the right at any time to alter, amend, or repeal this act, or any part thereof.
The CHAIRMAN. This bill proposes to grant a right of way to the Grand Canyon Scenic Railroad Company from a point on the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, near the El Tovar Hotel, to Grand View Point. The gentlemen who asked for a hearing on the bill are not yet here, but we have here representatives of the Interior and Agricultural departments, and I think it might be just as well to open the hearing by hearing from them. Mr. Potter, are you pretty well acquainted with this locality ? STATEMENT OF MR. ALBERT F. POTTER, ASSOCIATE FORESTER,
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Mr. POTTER. I am pretty well acquainted with it, Mr. Chairman.
The CHAIRMAN. Well, we will hear from you, then, briefly, in regard to it, and if the gentlemen who are interested in the bill arrive we can hear them on the subject later.