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Mark W. T. Harvey's A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American PDF

By Mark W. T. Harvey

ISBN-10: 0826315429

ISBN-13: 9780826315427

Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little recognition and few viewers until eventually plans to block the fairway River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Fifties. Echo Park Dam may have threatened a part of this nationwide monument, a prospect that alarmed the nationwide Park carrier. In July 1950 the author Bernard DeVoto released his essay,"Shall We allow them to break Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night put up" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the barren region Society, and different agencies embraced preservind Echo Park. via the spring of 1956 the coalition of desert fanatics and conservation agencies had confronted down the dam's proponents and strength Congress to cancel its development. As Professor Harvey makes transparent, the conflict to avoid wasting Echo Park marked the 1st significant conflict among preservationists and builders after global struggle II, a clash that replays itself within the West with larger depth each one decade.

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And if that were true, it merely confirmed what most residents of Wyoming and surrounding states who stood to benefit from the dam had thought all along: that opponents of the project were driven more by sentiment than by logic. Indeed, the notion that conservationists had bigger hearts than minds was one shared by many Americans in the 1950s. " 3 That comment alone suggests the difficulty of challenging a water project in the era of economic expansion in the United States following the Second World War.

T.  1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: The peculiar past of a national monumentThe seeds of contro- versyPrimeval parks and the wilderness movementA mere millpond- Serching for an alternate siteWilderness for a new generationThe great evaporation controversyThe politics of preservationA symbol of wilder- nessTriumph for the park systemEpilogue.  and Utah)History.  Nature conservationUnited StatesHistory-20th century.  Title. 8' 12dczo 93-46955 CIP © 1994 by University of New Mexico Press All rights reserved.

13 Powell successfully descended the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869, and again in 1871. On the first expedition, one of the four boats called No Name wrecked in a furious rapid in upper Lodore Canyon. The three-man crew survived uninjured, but two thousand pounds of provisions and weapons were lost. Appropriately, Powell and his men dubbed the rapid Disaster Falls, and it remains to this day one of the most exciting among many rapids on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. 14 On June 18, 1869, Powell rested his crew on a small beach located at the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers.

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