Westwater Lost and Found

Westwater Lost and Found

By: Milligan, Mike

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Brand new softcover book! ; Upstream from Moab on the Colorado River, near Utah’s eastern border, there is a relatively short, deep canyon that has become one of the most popular river-running destinations in America. The canyon is known as Westwater. Its popularity is largely due to the thrill provided by one of the most dangerous and challenging stretches of white water on the Colorado, especially Skull Rapid. Near the head of the canyon are the remnants of the village of Westwater, which has had an interesting and eventful history of its own because of the river and canyon, the railroad that passes through, and especially its remoteness. Over the years this place has attracted more than its fair share of colorful characters—explorers and surveyors, boosters and get-rich-quick dreamers, cattle and sheep men, outlaws and bootleggers, and, of course, river runners. Mike Milligan, who came to know the area as a river guide, has written a thorough history of this out-of-the-way place. While its lively history is interesting in and of itself, Westwater’s significance derives more from a phenomenon of the modern West—thousands of adventurous river recreationists. They have pushed a backwater place into the foreground of the West’s popular culture. Westwater’s history cycled through use by Native Americans; late exploration and settlement by non-Indians; brief ranching and farming success; other sporadic, unsuccessful attempts at development; and renewed obscurity. Modern rediscovery through outdoors recreation has brought a great number of people into thousands of similarly remote corners of the West. Mike Milligan has captured the still developing story of one of those remote, but no longer secluded, corners of the Colorado Plateau. ; 6" x 9"; 281 pages; 0874215722

Title: Westwater Lost and Found

Author Name: Milligan, Mike

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Logan, UT, Utah State University Press: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Condition: New

Seller ID: 49575