John G. Verkamp rented a tent from the Bright
Angel Hotel in 1898 and began selling curios and
Indian crafts for Babbitt Brothers' Trading Company.
After several slow weeks he closed and sold his
stock to the hotel. But he sensed Grand Canyon's
potential and returned in 1905, building Verkamp's
Curios here. The Verkamp family still owns and runs
the business, now a Grand Canyon landmark.
John Verkamp and his tent curio