The Great Bonanza

The Great Bonanza

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...and stood sternly against the dark-blue sky. "A day or two after, we ran up to the mouth of the Dirty Devil River. You smile, and think the title not very euphonious. I agree with you; but that is its name, and we must get used to it. Here began Mound Canon. Its walls were sharp, but not averaging more than twelve hundred feet in height. The river flowed smoothly, and we sailed past the mouth of the Rio San Juan, with dry decks, into Monument Canon, past the solitary Navajo Mountain, to El Vado de los Padres (The Crossing of the Fathers). This was so named from the fact that Escalante crossed the river at this point, with a band of priests, in 1776; and it is a somewhat remarkable ford. The walls are low, and in the autumn the water is shallow, --these being about as favorable conditions as you can And on the Colorado. Entering the river over the rounded bluff, Escalante had picked out a path diagonally over the shoals, to a small canon on the other side, which afforded an exit. But it was a quarter of a mile or more above the point of entering, and in some places horses would be nearly carried off their feet by the current, and in others would have to swim a distance. So you can conclude that, although from that time until within a few years the Crossing of the Fathers, or 'Ute Ford, ' has been the only practicable point of crossing, yet it was not child's play. Another crossing was found to be feasible at the mouth of the Pa Ria River, thirty miles farther down. Taking advantage of this, the Mormons have built a ferry boat there, as you know, and have blasted the outlet canon at the ' crossing'full of rocks, so that bands of raiding Navajoes cannot cross. "Opposite the mouth of the Pa Ria is the Echo Peak, which I cannot pass by without...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123654708X
  • 9781236547088