Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Government Bureaucracy Wins Again

The 102-year-old Verkamp’s Curios store on the south rim of the Grand Canyon will close this year. According to an AP story reported on Yahoo Travel, the store’s owners are finally giving in to “bureaucratic process fatigue. There’s just so many hoops to do what you’ve always been doing,” said Susie Verkamp, the 60-year-old granddaughter of store founder John George Verkamp. “It kind of wears you out.” The National Park Service has purchased the building, and Superintendent Steve Martin said the structure may be used as a visitor center or a history museum.