Grand Canyon National Park Postal History


Here are postal cancellations from post offices in Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The cancellations are on vintage tourist postcards supplemented with some postally used envelopes and philatelic covers. Currently there are two active post offices within the park. The "Grand Canyon Post Office" (est. 1902) is on the south rim, and the "North Rim Post Office" is located on the north rim of the park. The North Rim PO was originally named "Kaibab Forest Post Office" (est. 1926) and was renamed "North Rim Post Office" in 1947. There were three other earlier post offices on the south rim that were later discontinued. The first post office in the park was called "Tolfree" (est. 1894, discont. 1896) in operation for less than two years. Another discontinued post office was "Tourist" (est. 1897, discont. 1899) and it existed for only two years. The other post office was the "Grandview Post Office" (est. 1903, discont. 1908) associated with the pioneer Grandview Hotel, one of the early tourist destinations on Grand Canyon's south rim.


SOUTH RIM POST OFFICES

Grand Canyon Post Office

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 20 1903". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 13 1904". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 17 1904". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. REC'D MAR 8 1905". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JAN ? 1907 ( 11 )". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. FEB 2 1907 ( 11 )". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 4 1907 ( 11 )". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 19 1909". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 15 1910". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. OCT 15 1910". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 30 1911". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 11 1911". [TPC]

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAR 15 1913".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 15 1915".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 6 1915".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 23 1921".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 17 1922".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 11 1923".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 12 1923".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 4 1924" [This was sent by friends of my grandparents to my grandparents in 1924!].

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 16 1924".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. NOV 11 1924".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 10 1925".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. FEB 9 1926".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. DEC 17 1926".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 18 1927".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 25 1929".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 10 1929".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 16 1932".

    This cacheted cover is for the first day of issue of the Grand Canyon 2 cents postage stamp. It has a machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 24 1934".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 8 1935".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 7 1935".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 1 1936".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 5 1936".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. NOV 16 1936".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. FEB 1 1937".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 17 1937".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 21 1937".

    This cacheted cover is for National Air Mail Week. It has a machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 15 1938".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 18 1939".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 15 1939".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. OCT 11 1939".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. NOV 19 1939".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. NOV 4 1940".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 3 1941".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 10 1946".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 22 1946".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 27 1946".

    This cacheted cover is for the first flight of air mail route to Los Angeles. It has a machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 6 1947".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 2 1947".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 2 1948". [This was sent by my aunt to my grandparents in 1948!]

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 30 1948".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 5 1948".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 16 1949".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 19 1950".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 30 1950".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 8 1950".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 18 1952".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 6 1952".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 16 1952".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 3 1953".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 20 1953".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 15 1953".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. NOV 7 1953".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUN 26 1956".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 31 1956 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAR 28 1957".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. JUL 23 1957 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. FEB 15 1958".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 23 1958".

    This cacheted cover is for the first air mail flight AM-105 to Salt Lake City. It has a machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 1 1959 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 4 1959 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 1 1960 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 22 1960 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. OCT 1 1960 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. MAY 24 1962 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 11 1963 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. FEB 21 1964".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. SEP 16 1964 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    This cacheted cover is for the first flight of air mail route AM 105 extension to Las Vegas. It has a machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. APR 1 1966".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 MAY 10 1967 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    This cacheted cover is for the dedication ceremony of the Grand Canyon Airport. It has a hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 OCT 20 1967".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 APR 26 1968".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JUN 16 1968".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JUN 24 1968 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 FEB 4 1969 | GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK   1919 - 1969 |".

    This cacheted cover commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park, February 26, 1919. It has a special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 FEB 26 1969 | GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK   1919 - 1969 |".

    Special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 MAR 18 1969 | GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK   1919 - 1969 |".

    Special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 APR 10 1969 | GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK   1919 - 1969 |".

    This cacheted cover commemorates the 1869 Powell Colorado River expedition. It has a special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 AUG 2 1969 | POWELL CENTENNIAL   1869 - 1969   COLORADO RIVER TRIP |".

    Special machine commemorative slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 SEP 30 1969 | POWELL CENTENNIAL   1869 - 1969   COLORADO RIVER TRIP |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 APR 20 1970".

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JUN 6 1970 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    This cover was carried by the IFSC Local Post by boat down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to commemorate the anniversary of the1869 Powell Expedition. Machine meter cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. AUG 29 '71". It has a 1971 IFSC Local Post Powell Grand Canyon Run stamp.

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JAN 15 1972".

    Machine slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 MAR 21 1972 | NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL YEAR   1872 - 1972 |".

    This cover was carried by the IFSC Local Post by boat down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Special machine slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 AUG 9 1972 | NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL YEAR   1872 - 1972 |". It has a 1972 IFSC Local Post Colorado River Mail Run $1 stamp.

    This cover was carried by the IFSC Local Post by boat down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to commemorate the anniversary of Powell's first trip down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Special machine slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 AUG 15 1973 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |". It has a 1973 IFSC Local Post Colorado River Mail Run $1 stamp.

    Machine pictorial & slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 OCT 2 1974 | Remember Only you can PREVENT FOREST FIRES |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 MAY 8 1975".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 APR 15 1976".

    This cacheted cover commemorates the 46th anniversary of the Grand Canyon 2 cents postage stamp issued July 24, 1934. A genuine 2 cents Grand Canyon postage stamp is attached to the cachet with a plastic holder. Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JUL 24 1980".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 FEB 13 1987".

    Special hand pictorial cancellation: "NATIONAL PARK STATION, GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JUN 15 1987".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 MAR 8 1989".

    This cacheted cover is for the first day of issue of the Grand Canyon 25 cents postage stamp. Special machine slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 OCT 12 1990 | FIRST DAY OF ISSUE |".

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "75th Anniversary Station, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 AUG 25 1991 | National Park Service   Grand Canyon National Park |".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 DEC 14 1991".

    Machine cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 AUG 3 1992".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 USPS AUG 27 1993".

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "Grand Canyon Nat'l Park Station, Grand Canyon, Az 86023 February 26 1994 | GRAND CANYON |".

    These cacheted covers feature Grand Canyon National Park. Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "TOLFREE STATION, GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 August 13 1894 - 1994".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 USPS FEB. 26 1998".

    This cacheted cover is for the first day of issue of the Grand Canyon 60 cents postage stamp. Special hand pictorial cancellation: "GRAND CANYON STATION, GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 JANUARY 20 2000".

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "CELEBRATE THE CENTURY STATION, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 MAY 31 2000 | Celebrate The Century Express |".

    Special hand slogan cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 APR 20 2010 | FIRST DAY OF SALE |".

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL STA., GRAND CANYON NP, AZ 86023 JUNE 5 2010 | American Hiking Society     National Trails Day |".

    Special hand pictorial cancellation: "America's Beautiful National Parks STA., Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023 SEPTEMBER 21 2010".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 USPS MAR 27 2013".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 USPS AUG 27 2015". The rubber stamp applied cachet says "Airmailed by Ravens from Hermits Rest   Grand Canyon".

    Hand cancellation: "GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023 USPS DEC 2 2015". This rubber stamp applied cachet says "MAILED BY MULE AT PHANTOM RANCH   THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON".

Grandview Post Office

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "GRANDVIEW, ARIZ. DEC 17 1905 | 1 |". [TPC]

NORTH RIM POST OFFICES

Kaibab Forest Post Office

[DPO]

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 23 1928".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 27 1928".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUL 26 1930".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUL 27 1930".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 12 1934".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUN 15 1935".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUL 31 1935".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 25 1935".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 12 1939".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUN 22 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. JUN 23 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 8 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. SEP 7 1940".

    Hand cancellation: "KAIBAB FOREST, ARIZ. AUG 14 1942".

North Rim Post Office

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUL 18 1947".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 7 1948". [This was sent by my aunt to my grandparents in 1948!]

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 23 1948".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 27 1951".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUL 16 1951".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 25 1952".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. AUG 23 1952".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUL 31 1953".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 26 1954".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. JUN 27 1955".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. AUG 25 1955".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. AUG 31 1955".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUN 16 1956".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUL 24 1957".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUL 23 1959".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUN 1 1960".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUL 25 1960".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUL 21 1963".

    Three different hand cancellations: "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, AZ 86022 SEP 14 1966", "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, ARIZ. SEP 14 1966", and "NORTH RIM, AZ 86022 SEP 14 1966".

    A machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86022 JUL 18 1967"; and two different hand cancellations: "NORTH RIM, AZ 86022 JUL 18 1967" and "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, AZ 86022 JUL 18 1967".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, AZ 86022 AUG 3 1967".

    A machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86022 JUL 6 1968"; and three different hand cancellations: "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, ARIZ. JUL 6 1968", "NORTH RIM, AZ 86022 JUL 6 1968" and "NORTH RIM RUR. STA., FREDONIA, AZ 86022 JUL 6 1968".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86022 JUL 6 1970".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86022 AUG 12 1971".

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86052 SEP 17 1977".

    Hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 JUL 18 " [1984].

    Machine cancellation: "| NORTH RIM RUR. STA. | FREDONIA, AZ 86052 JUN 16 1987".

    Rectangular hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 ? 2 1993".

    Rectangular hand cancellation: "NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 AUG 27 1993".

    Special hand pictorial & slogan cancellation: "NORTH RIM STATION, GRAND CANYON, AZ 86052 CELEBRATING JULY 4th - 9th 1994 | 75th ANNIVERSARY   1919-1994 |".

    Two different hand cancellations: rectangular "NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 JUL 22 1995" and circular "NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 USPS JUL 22 1995" .

    Machine cancellation: "NORTH RIM, ARIZ. SEP 3 1996".

North Rim Community Post Office

    Hand postal cancellation: "NORTH RIM CPO, NORTH RIM, AZ 86052 AUG 1 2014". Passport cancellation: "Grand Canyon National Park. North Rim, AZ. AUG 1 2014".


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