The Mystery of Everett Ruess

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The story of Everett Ruess, who disappeared in the wilderness of Southern Utah in 1934, has for decades been one of the most intriguing mysteries of western lore. A Californian off on an adventure at age 20, he loved poetry, nature, art, and beauty. His family tracked his wanderings for four years, and then Everett disappeared without a trace.

In 2008 an old Navajo Indian came forward with information that he had witnessed a murder in 1934, probably that of young Ruess. The ...

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Overview

The story of Everett Ruess, who disappeared in the wilderness of Southern Utah in 1934, has for decades been one of the most intriguing mysteries of western lore. A Californian off on an adventure at age 20, he loved poetry, nature, art, and beauty. His family tracked his wanderings for four years, and then Everett disappeared without a trace.

In 2008 an old Navajo Indian came forward with information that he had witnessed a murder in 1934, probably that of young Ruess. The bones were recovered, DNA testing was done, National Geographic Adventurer picked up the story, and the family reacted.

In a new epilogue, author Rusho confronts the truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423617112
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 965,814
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

W. L. Rusho's is a historian and expert on the life of Everett Ruess. His first book on Ruess was published in 1985, and he authored two (four, six, eight?) more books on the subject. Lifetime sales of Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty, have been 20,000 plus.

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It is interesting to note that Everett was fundamentally different from many who go off into the wild and do not return. While Everett sought the lonely trail, he was also a passionate and dedicated correspondent. He wrote long and beautiful letters to his family members and friends, often including his poetry. He shared his life, emotions, questions, and beliefs. He painted watercolors, sketched, and made blockprints, most of which he sent or brought home to his family. He did not hike alone in the wilderness simply to explore or escape; he did it to reflect on his place in the world and to share his discoveries with others. This book is possible not only because of Everett's gifts of reflection and expression, but because of his natural desire to share his profound revelations with those willing to receive those gifts.
For us, Everett will always be the missing uncle, much more than just a young artist, poet, and wanderer. But for all of you, may he and our father serve as guides; whatever trail you follow, follow it with beauty, passion, conviction, and a willingness to share. It is time to live!

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by the Ruess Family 6

Preface, by W. L. Rusho 9

Introduction, by John Nichols 11

1. The Beauty and the Tragedy of Everett Ruess 14

The Letters

2. 1930 24

3. 1931 40

4. 1932 88

5. 1933 114

6. 1934 152

EverettRuess is Missing

7. Utah: Clues and Frustrations 208

8. Speculations in Navajoland 224

9. Wherever He May Be 235

10. To the End of the Horizon 243

Afterword: Beyond Horizons 247

A Sonnet for Everett Ruess, by Edward Abbey 261

Notes 262

Everett Ruess-A Chronology 266

Index 267

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