Mile 205 - Kolb Rapids
Ellsworth and Emery Kolb ran Grand Canyon in two wooden boats, the Defiance and Edith, starting on the Green River in Wyoming and following the Colorado all the way to Needles, California in 1911-12. They began their Grand Canyon careers together by selling photographs to tourists at the South Rim. Without a reliable source of water on the top, the brothers built a darkroom for developing their images at Indian Gardens three miles below the rim. Ellsworth and Emery would take photographs of tourists riding mules at the head of Bright Angel Trail, then run down to their darkroom to develop the film. Once the images were ready, the brothers would hurry back to the top of the canyon with the photographs ready to sell to the tourists, soon to be arriving again from the bottom of the canyon.