"In the past the Grand Canyon invited reflection on human insignificance, but today much of the public sees it though a cultural lens shaped by advanced technology. The characteristic questions about the canyon reported by National Parks Service employees assume that human beings dug the Canyon or that they could improve it so that it might be viewed quickly and easily.

Rangers reported repeated queries for directions to the road, the elevator, the train, the bus or the trolley to the bottom. Other visitors request that the Canyon be lighted at night. Many assume that the canyon was produced either by one of the New Deal dam building programs or by the Indians.

"What tools did they use?" is a common question.

Source: Visions of Technology (NY : Simon & Schuster, 1999) p357.