Town outside Grand Canyon considers changing its name to reflect its ties to the national park

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Take away the Grand Canyon, and the town of Tusayan (TOO’-say-ohn), Ariz., probably wouldn’t exist.

Most of the businesses in the tiny town just outside the canyon’s South Rim entrance cater to tourists at the national park. The two locales even share a zip code.

That has town officials thinking maybe “Tusayan” isn’t the best-suited name for the community.

They’ve been floating the idea of changing Tusayan to “The Town of Grand Canyon,” ”Grand Canyon South” or something similar that reflects the community’s ties to the Grand Canyon and gives it a better marketing tool.

Mayor Greg Bryan says “Tusayan” also sounds too much like “Tucson,” on the opposite end of the state.

The town is planning to hold a public meeting in April on a possible name change.

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