A river runner's guide to the history of the Grand Canyon by Kim Crumbo

By Kim Crumbo

A River Runner's consultant to the historical past of the Grand Canyon is an extraordinary and engaging depiction of man's heritage within the Grand Canyon, and comprises early river runners, miners, settlers, fortune hunters, and so forth. Following the river's chronology, occasions are tied to locations in a mile-by-mile series for reference whereas working 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 means of Llyn French.

"Everything during this booklet is immensely attention-grabbing to all who perform a Canyon voyage, most likely simply because, being human, we discover the ordinary scene too unusual and overwhelming to be absolutely comprehended and loved for its personal sake alone." ~ from the Foreword, via Edward Abbey

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Immediately after lining 25 Mile Rapid, Peter Hansbrough and Henry Richards capsized along the cliff on the left. Richards, one of the expedition's two black crewmen, attempted to swim but sank. Hansbrough was never again seen alive. From the very beginning, the Stanton-Brown expedition seemed disaster bound. The party nearly starved in Cataract Canyon, 200 miles upstream. Their thin, brittle, and unstable cedar boats were totally inadequate for the rigors of the rapids. Well aware of the toils endured by Powell's crew of hardy frontiersmen, Stanton suggested that experienced boatmen accompany the expedition.

Bert swam out and retrieved the wayward Defiance. These frosty voyagers spent the following day, December 25, thawing out and repairing the Edith somewhere below Waltenberg, or "Christmas," Rapid. 0 Middle Granite Gorge Map 12 The contact of Tapeats sandstone with the dark schist near 127 Mile Rapid marks the beginning of the second, and shortest, of the Grand Canyon's three Granite gorges. The Middle Granite Gorge ends four miles downstream, immediately below Bedrock Rapid. 4 "Dreadrock" Rapid Map 12 At the bottom of the Middle Granite Gorge awaits a small rapid with a very big rock in the center.

Of the 2,700 canyon sites known, possibly 1,500 were utilized between 1050 and 1150. D. 1000, although hunters from the rim occasionally pursued game into the canyon at least 10,000 years ago. The first settlers probably occupied the upper drainage to take advantage of greater moisture or to remain close to the rim's familiar environment. The first residents undoubtedly encountered a variety of problems in their new environment. The unvegetated inner canyon, as opposed to the forested rim, made the pursuit of game more difficult.

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