Saturday, 7 September 2019

1114) Virginia Dox

Virginia Dox (1851–1941). American missionary, educator and explorer in the Intermountain West, and later a noted public speaker and fundraising agent for educational causes including Whitman College and Berea College. Under the auspices of the New West Education Commission, she founded schools in Idaho and New Mexico. She was the first white woman to explore the Grand Canyon, and also the first white woman to visit the Havasupai. Her vivid depictions of Western life for Eastern audiences earned her the nickname of "the female Bret Harte".
In the course of her travels, Dox lived among 23 Indian tribes and was an adopted member of nine: the Old Town Penobscot, Delaware, and Osage, and the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. She was likewise adopted into the faculty of Whitman College, in recognition of her fundraising work, but was prevented from taking the position by a sudden decline in health.

- "The "Dox Castle" outcropping and the related bright red Dox Sandstone formation are named for her, supposedly in tribute to her bright red hair.

- " By the way, back in 1914 Levi Noble named this formation for the voluptuous, red-haired Virginia Dox of Cincinnati, Ohio... I guess Dr. Noble thought the color of the Dox Sandstone reminded him of the color of her hair.

- "It is also said that Levi, in naming the Dox sandstone, visualized its red color as matching the flaming red hair of Miss Dox."

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