Thought for the day

"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway

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Early automobile manufacturers used a variety of tests to prove a car's strength, stamina, capability and competency. These tests were often adopted as selling points and in advertising brochures to highlight the performance and prowess of the car.

 

In 1914, the Metz factory branch in Los Angeles, Mr. L. Wing and K. Parker (a young reporter from Los Angeles) chose to show off the car's capabilities by driving his 22-horsepower Metz Speedster car down the Grand Canyon. , first departed from Los Angeles and crossed the desert south of Death Valley.

 

They had few roads to follow, no reliable maps, and three mountain ranges to cross. After hundreds of grueling miles, they first went to the El Tovar Hotel and searched for possible routes to the bottom, but to no avail.

 

 

They found a gorge at Peach Springs, crossing the Hulapi Indian Reservation and passing through arroyos, boulders, washouts, and narrow passes. Finally, they traveled 42 miles to the river and came back the next day.

 

Parker wrote a report about the trip and noted the photo spot (first photo above): "At this point there was a shear wall, creating a neat drop of over two thousand feet, and projected to move Gone so that we could drive the car to the extreme point, and make a photographic record of Metz on the canyon rim at El Tovar Point.