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You Won’t Believe What One Man Discovered Under The Grand Canyon… Or Did He?

#1 The Phoenix Gazette published a shocking article in 1909.

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The article begins with an eye-catching headline on the first page and continues onto several other pages, exclaiming “Explorations in Grand Canyon.” Below, in only slightly smaller lettering, “Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern Being Brought To Light” and “Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient People Migrated From Orient.” This headline, which suggests that history as we know it might be drastically different than we had believed it to be for thousands of years, attracted more than a little attention, to say the least.

#2 This article described G.E. Kinkaid’s magnificent discovery.

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Flickr User Alberto Cueto

G.E Kinkaid was well-known for being an explorer and hunter. On the day that he would make his stunning discovery, however, he was simply on a routine expedition, floating the Colorado River and looking for minerals. Kinkaid was all by himself when he noticed what he described as “stains” way up on the wall of the canyon above him. For whatever reason, he decided to do some unplanned exploring. Whatever he saw must have particularly motivated him, because Kinkaid hiked until he was 2,000 feet above the river — only 1,500 feet below the rim at that point. Eventually, he came to the mouth of a cave, which was hidden from view by an overhang.

#3 Kinkaid chose to enter the mouth of the cave!

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Flickr User James Hansen

The adventurer he was, Kinkaid could not turn away from his discovery. Instead, he began to descend down the stairs he found just inside the mouth of the cave. He continued down about 100 feet to what he believed would have been the water level of the river at the time of the site’s creation. The tunnel that Kinkaid followed appeared to have been hand chiseled — an incredible feat considering it was several hundred feet long. According to his own personal journal, where he described his discoveries, and the article featured in the Phoenix Gazette, he came upon a crypt full of mummies, each with their own personal shelf. He reportedly took notes and photographs, and collected several artifacts before leaving. Along with the news of his discovery, he shipped these artifacts to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., where he had a number of contacts.

#4. The Smithsonian sent their experts to help Kinkaid explore his discovery.

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Flickr User Alan English CPA

This is according to the Phoenix Gazette article, anyway. By the time their front page article was published, the team of scientists had explored the underground settlement much more thoroughly. More passageways extended from the main one that Kinkaid had originally entered, leading to multiple rooms as wide as thirty or forty feet. In a cross hall, a stone idol was reportedly found. Although the statue resembled Buddha, a specific identity was never determined. Travelling nearly a mile into the rock, the researchers came across a huge room with many passageways leading away from it, like the spokes of a wagon wheel. They described storerooms full of seeds, a dining room more than 700 feet long and a room that stank of a “deadly, snaky smell,” which they hadn’t explored. Archaeologists supposedly uncovered copper instruments and war weapons, cups made of gold, pottery work, and hieroglyphic writing that suggested an origin not in this country, but in the Orient.

#5 If you call the Smithsonian today, they claim to have no knowledge of this expedition. 

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Though the long story on the front page of the Phoenix Gazette clearly indicated that the Smithsonian Institute had sent between thirty and forty archaeologists to help Kinkaid excavate his discover, today there are no artifacts or information to be found about the underground settlement. One Smithsonian rep explained that “…no Egyptian artifacts of any kind have ever been found in North or South America. Therefore, I can tell you that the Smithsonian Institute has never been involved in any such excavations.” What then, could have prompted such an incredibly detailed newspaper article that never never had a follow up piece.  The descriptions of Kinkaid’s discoveries would suggest that there had in fact been contact across oceans before Columbus sailed the seas. Not only this, but it would call into question the idea that all Native Americans descended from Ice Age explorers who crossed the Bering Strait. Egyptians in Arizona would require us not only to entirely rewrite history, but also to accept responsibility for being incredibly wrong about the origins of people on our continent. Is it a coincidence that many rock formations in the area have Egyption names like Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, Osiris Temple, and Isis Temple? Some people speculate even more broadly, questioning if this settlement wasn’t evidence of ancient aliens. The fact of the matter is, the area where Kinkaid’s discovery is believed to be located is off limits to hikers, visitors, and even most park personnel –reportedly for safety reasons.

Was Kinkaid’s whole discovery and the resulting, detailed article in the Phoenix Gazette an elaborate hoax? Or perhaps one of our most hallowed scientific institutions is indeed taking part in suppressing any discoveries that call into question the accepted history of North America. Tell us what you think below!

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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