The 1915 edition of this booklet contains the same three essays, but the information in the back about visiting the canyon has been expanded by eight pages. This edition also has a large, fold-out map attached to the inside back cover.
More than any other national park, Grand Canyon was the creation of the railroad that served it. While Northern Pacific lobbied Congress to create Yellowstone National Park and Great Northern lobbied to create Glacier Park, neither railway invested any money inside those parks until after they were so designated by Congress. The Santa Fe, however, built camps and lodges in the Grand Canyon in the 1890s and opened El Tovar Hotel in 1905. Yet Grand Canyon wasn’t made a national monument until 1908 and did not become a national park until 1919, more than twenty-five years after the Santa Fe began promoting tourism to the canyon.