By Kim Crumbo
A River Runner's advisor to the historical past of the Grand Canyon is an extraordinary and fascinating depiction of man's background within the Grand Canyon, and contains early river runners, miners, settlers, fortune hunters, and so on. Following the river's chronology, occasions are tied to locations in a mile-by-mile series for reference whereas operating the river. The textual content is keyed to the maps that stick with (from Escalante to Grand Wash Cliffs). integrated is a bibliography, and maps by way of Llyn French.
"Everything during this ebook is immensely attention-grabbing to all who perform a Canyon voyage, most likely simply because, being human, we discover the usual scene too unusual and overwhelming to be absolutely comprehended and loved for its personal sake alone." ~ from the Foreword, by means of Edward Abbey
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After losing an oar, the unfortunate crew was swept into the rapid where Sturdevant and Fred Johnson drowned. The third man, James Brooks, reached the shore safely. 9 Hermit Rapid Map 9 Louis Boucher, a silent man and "typical prospector, possessing geology pick, pan, and tools for trail making," built the trail that descends from the rim to Boucher Canyon. " Near his copper mine at Long (Boucher) Canyon, Louis planted an orchard and garden where he grew oranges, pomegranates, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables.
The lower site, impossible to use during high water, allowed the traveler to bypass Lee's Backbone. 5 Navajo Bridge Map 1 Below Mile 4 stands the most conspicuous manmade feature between Lee's Ferry and Lake Mead. Navajo Bridge, over 450 feet above the river, established an important, dependable link between Arizona and Utah by replacing the accident-prone Lee's Ferry. In 1937, Buzz Holmstrum, the first man to intentionally run the Grand Canyon alone, stopped here for supplies. Buzz floated the river from Page 6 Green River, Wyoming, and after a quick but inadequate look at his map, expected an easy stroll from the river at Navajo Bridge to Marble Canyon Lodge.
7 Bridge of Sighs Map 4 The river continues quietly through one of the more serene sections of Marble Canyon. The Kolb brothers, in 1911, considered this region "gloomy and prison-like," reminiscent of the dreary dungeon of Venice. They named the small natural bridge above 36 Mile Rapid "The Bridge of Sighs," recalling its likeness to the Venetian bridge where, long ago, condemned prisoners had walked from trial at Doge's Palace to the dungeon across the canal. 5 The Dams Map 4 In 1950, the Bureau of Reclamation of the Department of the Interior completed a grandiose scheme recommending, as an initial step, the construction of five major dams in the upper basin above Lee's Ferry.
A river runner's guide to the history of the Grand Canyon by Kim Crumbo