A sometimes prospector and full-time promoter, Cameron filed hundreds of bogus mining claims at the most scenic overlooks of the Grand Canyon, so he could profit off the tourists. He challenged Theodore Roosevelt's 1908 decision to set the canyon aside as a national monument all the way to the Supreme Court, and then fought just as fiercely against it becoming a national park in 1919.
Emery Kolb Collection, Cline Library, NAU
Grand Canyon National Park
Ralph Henry Cameron