RP s Stage Stop
Before the railroad arrived in at the Grand Canyon South Rim in 1901, the only way to get here was by Stagecoach or wagon. Stops along the route gave passengers a chance to shake the dust off and take a break from the long tiresome stagecoach ride. "RP" Thurston was one of the first settlers in Tusayan and originally built the Red Feather Lodge in 1963. The Thurston family still owns and operates the Red Feather Lodge, and added RP s Stage Stop to the Red Feather Family. In the tradition of the old stagecoach stop s, RP s has become a popular place for Grand Canyon visitors to stretch their legs, browse unique gifts, grab a bite to eat and discover a book on the history and exploration of Grand Canyon before their adventure or after a long day of on the trails. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g31393-d3620108-Reviews-RP_s_Stage_Stop-Tusayan_Arizona.html
This is an early Jim Dundon machine which requires you to line up the arrows for the design you want - or you will get a mis-roll aka a breech. The friendly and helpful staff will issue a replacement but only once so figure it out! This is the way all penny machines functioned originally.
Coin #1 is the Grand Canyon Stage Line which ran from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon in the days before the Grand Canyon Railway reached the south rim in 1901.
Coin #2 is the Grand Canyon Kokopelli - The Flute Player. The Kokopelli is a Native American fertility deity and is one of the most intriguing and widespread images surviving on canyon walls in Grand Canyon from pre-historic Anasazi Indian culture. Kokopelli also serves as a prominent figure in Hopi legends.
Coin #3 is the Morning Kachina which plays a prominent part in the Bean Dance which is the first of the celebrations in the Hopi annual dance cycle.
Coin #4 Celebrates Bright Angel Trail which drops down into Grand Canyon from Grand Canyon Village.
These are Paul Conner designs etched by Lee Bowser.
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