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Heinrich Balduin Möllhausen: German writer, Arizona’s unlikely explorer (access required)

Long before movie cowboys like John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Randolph Scott arrived on the scene, Arizona hosted a different brand of frontiersman. One unlikely adventurer, Heinrich Balduin Möllhausen, was among the first to sketch the Grand Canyon, paint watercolors of the Cocopah, Mojave and Navajo Indian tribes, and recount his observations for a world audience. Möllhausen’s biographer, Preston Barba, referred to him as the James Fenimore Cooper of Germany.

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