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Kachina Bridge Pano

A meander natural bridge in Cedar Mesa sandstone.



Some notes I have:

First named The Senator by prospector later turned ferry operator Cass Hite and party who where probably the first to see and name it historically.

Shortly thereafter this bridge became locally known as the Carolyn named after cattleman Al Scorup's Mother.

The present name was given not long after the 1907 expedition by Dean Cummings which lead to the creation of the park. Rules at the time where that natural features could not be named after living people and it was suggested they be given Indian names. The task fell on Walter Hugh, a curator at the U.S. National Museum and lifelong student of the Hopi, who no surprise chose Hopi names. [Men Met Along The Trail, Judd]


A Kachina is a Hopi name for many spirits often represented in ceremony by men wearing special dress and masks, and by dolls given to women or children (i.e. Kachina Dolls)

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Taken on October 7, 2017