Al Doyle, Arizona’s forgotten Guide.

Thanks are mainly due to one man, Al Doyle of Flagstaff, for the actual route that Chris and I are hoping to take in the Toledo, through the forest and along the old stage coach trail to the Grand Canyon. Mr Doyle also planned and went on the car on the original journey in January 1902; it was his local knowledge of cabins, creeks and the landscape that kept the party alive during the, unexpected, four day trip that had been planned as an afternoon out!


Credit should be given to my source of the Real West magazine and Al Doyle’s history. TOM RUSSELL has an amazing website called and sells at a very modest price original copies of magazines like Real West from which the articles below are copied. Tom has also built up an amazing database of characters and places from early American history. Judging by his handwriting he is getting on in years, and that is coming from me as a 63 year old! Worth having a look at his website.




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