|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1870|
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1952|
Through the efforts of John Otto the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction, Colorado was created. John wrote; "I came here last year and found these canyons, and they feel like the heart of the world to me. I'm going to stay and build trails and promote this place, because it should be a national park."
John Otto started fundraising campaigns, collected signatures for petitions, and wrote newspaper editorials and endless letters to Washington D. C, in support of making the canyons and monoliths near Grand Junction into a national park. It was preserved as a national monument in 1911 largely through his efforts.
John Otto was the first park caretaker at Colorado National Monument. Until the mid-1930s he lived in the park and drew a salary of one dollar per month. John Otto at age sixty-one packed his bags and left the Grand Valley for California to the gold mining town of Yreka. He lived alone near the Klamath River. John Otto died June 19, 1952 in Yreka, California.
Note: Headstone reads; JOHN OTTO DEC 30, 1870 – JUNE 19, 1952. "DO YOUR BEST FOR THE WEST, THE BEST FOR THE WORLD, THE NEW DAY GET IT GOING" JOHN OTTO, PROMOTER AND FIRST CUSTODIAN OF COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT.
Created by: Arlie"Bud"Jordan
Record added: Oct 15, 2010
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