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Psalms 104:24 "Oh Lord, how manifold are thy works, in wisdom has made them all. The earth is full of thy riches."
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The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, 
carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona.
 It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National 
Park, as one of the first national parks in the United States. 
President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the Grand Canyon area, 
a national park in the year 1919.

The canyon, created by the Colorado River, 
is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width 
from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 24 kilometers), 
and attains a depth of more than a mile (1.6 km). 

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world’s 
premier natural attractions, attracting about 
five million visitors per year.


Plaques with Biblical Psalms Removed from Grand Canyon


• On July 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the National Park Service has decided plaques with biblical psalms at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon violate the Constitution, and removed them Wednesday... However, the Park Service decided one of the main trails into Grand Canyon may carry the name Bright Angel, and a number of the formations can share the names of Hindu gods... Maureen Oltrogge, spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon National Park, said three bronze, religious-oriented plaques are no longer at Hermits Rest, Lookout Studio and Desertview Tower - all popular viewing areas for the South Rim. The plaques had been on display for more than 30 years... The Department of Interior determined the plaques - quoting Psalms 68:4, 66:4 and 104:24 - were not appropriate for federal public facilities, Oltrogge said." (July 14, 2003, The Associated Press, Online)

On July 23, 2003 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed an editorial, stating that "last week, bronze plaques with Bible passages declaring God's majesty and glory were removed from three popular lookout spots on the South Rim of the canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials removed them after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and others... During a recent visit, I saw the plaques, including one from Psalms 104:24, which declares: 'Oh Lord, how manifold are thy works, in wisdom hast made them all. The earth is full of thy riches.' To me, as I looked out across God's splendor, the words seemed appropriate... The Rev. Edward Purkey, the park's resident minister, who also is part of an international group called A Christian Ministry to the National Parks, said he has mixed feelings... 'I loved them; I enjoyed them,' he said. 'But it didn't surprise me they were removed. Thirty years ago, America was a more Christian nation. Now we are much more diverse.'" (July 23, 2003, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)


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