Last Unspoiled Place: Exploring Utah's Logan Canyon

Last Unspoiled Place: Exploring Utah's Logan Canyon

by Michael S. Sweeney


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Last Unspoiled Place: Exploring Utah's Logan Canyon by Michael S. Sweeney

Americans have always been passionately bound to the land: It has shaped our history, our ideas, and our art. In Last Unspoiled Place, the magnificent confines of Logan Canyon, Utah, prove the perfect landscape for exploring these beliefs. In brilliant photographs and vivid anecdotes that range from poignant to exhilarating to hilarious, author Michael Sweeney takes us on an unforgettable tour through the canyon’s unsullied terrain. As he marks the 41 miles of the national scenic byway that courses through, he reveals Logan’s vivid past and astonishing natural history—as well as its closely kept secrets. Anecdotes range from bull snakes to bank robbers, from a legendary witch to the curse of "green invaders," and from the first known human inhabitants—the northwestern Shoshone—to current-day characters such as snowboarders, beekeepers, botanists, and whitewater hounds. In the National Geographic tradition, Last Unspoiled Place is richly illustrated with scores of photographs—both current and historic—that capture the beauty of Logan Canyon and the surrounding Cache Valley.

Filled with excitement and brimming with eloquent stories, more than a trip through a canyon, this book is a natural choice for Father’s Day and other gift-giving occasions. Eye-catching and affordable, it will grab the attention of audiences interested in adventure, travel, wilderness, history, and the American West.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426202827
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,348,094
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Michael S. Sweeney is a professor of journalism at Utah State University. He is the award-winning author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Victory, which was named 2001 Book of the Year by the American Journalism Historians Association and National Geographic book, God Grew Tired of Us, with Jon Bul Dau.

Table of Contents

Bonneville Shoreline to Spring Hollow     6
The First Visitors     38
Third Dam to China Cave     44
The Lure of Fur     72
China Cave to Twin Creek     78
A Meeting of the Rails     108
Twin Creek to Franklin Basin     114
The "Right Place"     144
Franklin Basin to Bear Lake     150
The Heat is On?     182
Index     188
Illustrations credits     191

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