Located on the South Rim, a stone's throw from the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House, this is a combination visitors center with historical info and gift shop.
Originally built by Ohioan John George Verkamp, who sold Native American crafts and souvenirs, the two-story shingled building is a "modified Mission" style, resembling an adobe building in form but not materials. Members of the Verkamp family lived upstairs through 1978. The store was the oldest concessioner in the national park system, but it does not appear that any Verkamps are still involved as it is owned & operated by the National Park Service.
Largish gift shop, but the reason to stop here are the exhibits which focus on what it was like to live and work here. Of particular note is a short (easy) walking history timeline on the floor through the exhibits, which highlights important moments in local, national and international history in chronological order. Very interesting.
Staff at gift shop were helpful, but only one cash register means waiting in lines.
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