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“About the Blanche Russell Rock House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House)

Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House)
89A between Jacob Lake and Bitter Springs, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036
928 355-2261
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
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“About the Blanche Russell Rock House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Old Cliff Dweller’s Lodge holds the remnants of a life once lived by 1920s Ziegfeld Follies dancer Blanche Russell, who left her career to care for her ill husband. Traveling north of the Navajo Bridge into Marble Canyon AZ, the Russells’ car broke down, in what could only be described as divine intervention to have stopped at one of the most breathtaking plots of land in Arizona. Blanche built a meager lean-to against the largest rock of many framing a vibrant, panoramic mountain landscape, and gradually built a life by serving food to passer-bys vising the Grand Canyon. Guests of particular interest included Mormons traveling the nearby Honeymoon Trail to the temple in St. George, Utah. Photos do not do this landscape justice. One must sit and breathe in the solitude, feel the scorching heat, and feel the hot stone to fully appreciate this now abandoned landmark.

Visited July 2012
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