By Russell Martin
During this vintage narrative heritage of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental circulation we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft historical past Prize, Martin's ebook is on the market back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams developed in the course of the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam continues to be on the vortex of controversy, either due to its effect on ecological methods downstream and its drowning of traditional landscapes in the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and proper this day because it used to be whilst it used to be first released.
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As far as the young Interior secretary with the piercing eyes and the burr haircut was concerned, the rocky, rough, and very remote country surrounding Lee's Ferry and including Rainbow Bridge was his country, and it was the most captivating of all the desert canyonlands. And Udall was equally convinced that if a protective dam or dams were built near Rainbow Bridge, the cure would be far worse than the disease. Roads somehow would have to be blasted into an area that currently was traversed by only a single tough and primitive trail; mesas would have to be scraped to provide material for the structures; and electric lines to provide power for the pumps would have to invade the monument as well.
In 1953, with word that Reclamation's engineers had their eyes on a dam site 15 miles upstream from Lee's Ferry, but with no assurance that the dam actually would ever be built, Greene and his familyhis wife and four children and their spousesdecided to take a little gamble. The senior Greene journeyed down to Phoenix to visit the state land commission, and while there he nonchalantly leased six sections of state-owned land, 3,840 acres, near the junction of Wahweap Creek with the Colorado River, just a yard or two south of the Utah bordergodforsaken ground from which the state of Arizona was glad to derive a bit of income.
LaRue was delighted that the downstream canyons had yet to be studied. He had invited several members of the Colorado River Commission to journey with him to Glen Canyon en route to their Santa Fe meeting, to familiarize themselves with the river and its most desirable canyon, as well as to publicize the river's wonderful resources and the importance of their deliberations. If plans for a dam in Boulder Canyon were scrapped in the process, well, LaRue could live with that. In late autumn, with the river running low and peacefully, LaRue and a crew of boatmen took their own wooden survey crafts out of the shacks where they had been in storage at Lee's Ferry, equipped them with outboard motors, and traveled upriver to Hall's Crossing, a similar and equally remote ford 110 miles upriver.
A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle for the soul of the West by Russell Martin