Kincaid's Cave of the Grand Canyon

Jan 19, 2016, 06:08 AM

On March 12, 1909, The Arizona Gazette published an article titled, "G. E. Kincaid Reaches Yuma." It was a short, mildly interesting announcement that Mr. "Kincaid" was only the second person to make the perilous boat trip down the entire course of the Colorado River, starting from Green River, Wyoming and eventually reaching Yuma, Arizona. A feat worthy of mention in the papers of course, but aside from stating that he took over 700 photographs and "Some interesting archaeological discoveries were unearthed," there was not much indication of the news which was to come next. Twenty four days later, on April 5, 1909, the newspaper ran a follow-up to their first article on the adventurous Mr. Kincaid, except this time it was full, front-page coverage on just what discoveries he'd unearthed previously. This article (also uncredited) reported that along with "G.E. Kinkaid" (his name now spelled with a "k") a "Professor S.A. Jordan" and a team from the Smithsonian had investigated what appeared to be a large network of tunnels and rooms, some filled with ancient mummies and artifacts that did not appear to be from the Western Hemisphere. And that was the end of the story. No further stories were printed by the newspaper, no knowledge by the Smithsonian about any such expedition, and no one knows if "Kinkaid" or "Jordan" ever existed, let alone the cave itself. That leaves us with two questions: is this story real, and if real, what would be the implications to world history?

Tonight's Quote:

"First, I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible. The entrance is 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. It is located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there under penalty of trespass."

"G.E. Kincaid," Explorer, referring to a cave full of anomalous artifacts he discovered in the Grand Canyon.

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THE DEVIL IN THE DINER - -- An animated short by Peter Sabatino & Zeke O'Donnell and the first video on our newly launched YouTube channel as mentioned in the intro of this episode. Blog entry containing a photocopy image of the first AZ Gazette article to mention "G.E. Kincaid" Text of the 1st Arizona Gazette article that mentions "Kincaid's" trip, from The Isis Journals website Text of the 2nd AZ Gazette article describing "G.E. Kinkaid's" find "Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon" by Philip Coppens Article on io9 about Kinkaid's Cave David Hatcher Childress' article on the Kinkaid Cave "The Location of Kincaid's 'Cave' Revealed" by Jack Andrews Ancient American magazine "Egyptian Grand Canyon Connection" - article by CNY Artifact Recovery “Looks Like a Mulhatton Story” from the Grand Canyon Historical Society newsletter by Don Lago Hoaxes of Joseph Mulhattan "Joe Mulhatton" article in The Chicago Tribune, dated April 22, 1891 Larry Walters, the "Lawn Chair Pilot" Reprints of the Gazette's articles and brief commentary from Jason Colavito Jason Colavito's critical view of the legend John Wesley Powell Brief history of the Smithsonian Institution Cataldo Mission The El Tovar Hotel The Mississippian Culture of North America Russell Burrrows' Cave Aztalan State Park in Wisc...