Grand Canyon hermit

Louis Boucher was a reclusive explorer and prospector in the Grand Canyon who lived as a hermit at the turn of the 19th-20th century. A great many natural objects are named after him: Boucher Creek, Boucher Rapids, Boucher Trail, Hermit’s Basin, Hermit Camp, Hermit Canyon, Hermit Creek, Hermit Rapids, Hermit’s Rest, Hermit Road, Hermit Shale, and Hermit Trail. Pictures of Boucher’s dwelling area can be found on the Web: remains of his cabin (, his cabin fireplace (, and his orchard ( Some contemporary photographs (from the Grand Canyon Historical Society) of Boucher’s 1891 exploration are available: ( Reflections on Boucher’s star gazing can be heard in an NPR audio segment from March 2002 (