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

By Mark W. T. Harvey

Harvey info the 1st significant conflict among conservationists and builders after international warfare II, the profitable struggle to avoid the development of Echo Park Dam. The dam at the eco-friendly River used to be meant to create a leisure lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric strength, yet might have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur nationwide Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. Mark W. T. Harvey is affiliate professor of historical past at North Dakota kingdom collage in Fargo.

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L l During historic times, the canyons did not have permanent inhabitants and seemed to have been primarily a passageway for fur traders and explorers who floated the rivers. Fur trader William Ashley carved his name on a rock wall in I 8 2 5, in Red Canyon, north of Lodore Canyon and beyond Browns Park. Ashley descended the Green River and made his way through Echo Park and Split Mountain-as yet unnamed-but left no further sign of his presence. 12 John Wesley Powell left a more lasting mark on the region.

Residents of nearby Vernal regularly visited Douglass during the excavations, sold him food and supplies, and occasionally pitched in and assisted him. In I9I6, one year after Wilson's proclamation, the newly created National Park Service took jurisdiction over Dinosaur National Monument, raising hopes with local residents, businesses, and the Vernal Chamber of Commerce. They hoped that the Park Service would allow some of the fossil Dones to remain in place for public viewing, and they urged that a display be erected that would help to attract tourists.

A broad, grassy valley known as Browns Park was the center of the industry and a thoroughfare for Butch Cassidy, Tom Horn, Isom Dart and other famous and infamous persons connected to the cattle trade. Two of the so-called outlaw trails between Montana and Texas crossed through Browns Park, 10 Chapter I skirting the Lodore and Yampa canyons in what later became Dinosaur National Monument. 16 Despite the success of the cattle industry, this border region of Colorado and Utah remained isolated from the corridors of transportation and the centers of population in the nineteenth-century West.

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