John Otto

John Otto

Birth
USA
Death 19 Jun 1952 (aged 81)
Yreka, Siskiyou County, California, USA
Burial Yreka, Siskiyou County, California, USA
Memorial ID 60166472 · View Source
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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.John Otto was the key figure in getting the spectular canyons of the area West of Grand Junction designated as the Colorado National Monument


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Gravesite Details 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.

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  • Created by: Arlie
  • Added: 15 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 60166472
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Otto (30 Dec 1870–19 Jun 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 60166472, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Yreka, Siskiyou County, California, USA ; Maintained by Arlie (contributor 46820628) .