A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American by Mark W. T. Harvey

By Mark W. T. Harvey

Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little cognizance and few viewers till plans to block the golf green River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Nineteen Fifties. Echo Park Dam might have threatened a part of this nationwide monument, a prospect that alarmed the nationwide Park provider. In July 1950 the author Bernard DeVoto released his essay,"Shall We allow them to damage Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night put up" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the barren region Society, and different enterprises embraced preservind Echo Park. via the spring of 1956 the coalition of desolate tract lovers and conservation firms had confronted down the dam's proponents and strength Congress to cancel its building. As Professor Harvey makes transparent, the conflict to save lots of Echo Park marked the 1st significant conflict among preservationists and builders after global warfare II, a clash that replays itself within the West with better depth every one decade.

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Over the next fifteen years, Douglass dedicated himself to the Carnegie Quarry, as it came to be known. The quarry contained the remains of some 400 Jurassic dinosaurs, of which nearly twenty skeletons were complete enough to be mounted. Douglass's discovery became renowned as one of the best windows ever opened into the middle period of dinosaur history. Writing to W. J. Holland, director of the Carnegie Museum, Douglass exclaimed that "so far as I know no dinosaur quarry like this has ever been found before....

The same scene that they saw is there today, unchanged. On the outer side of the loop that the Green River makes is a park-like meadow, with large cottonwoods and box elders, golden in their autumn foliage, at the time of our visit. Across the river stands Steamboat Rock, a great sentinel, with a smooth cliff that suggests a small El Capitan, in color, or perhaps the mystery of the Enchanted Mesa. It is a beautiful place to camp, and the Indians doubtless found it so for there are pictographs nearby.

The Green River and the Gates of Lodore. The sprawling and broken walls of Split Mountain. Warm Springs Bend in Yampa Canyon. Visitors in Sand Canyon circa 1950s. The confluence of the Yampa and the Green Rivers at Echo Park. A view of the south side of Steamboat Rock. Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman and National Park Service Director Newton Drury in December, 1949. Bernard DeVoto in Portland, Oregon, January 1954. Fred Packard, executive secretary of the National Parks Association. Howard Zahniser, executive secretary of the Wilderness Society.

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