Westwater Lost and Found

Westwater Lost and Found

by Mike Milligan

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Westwater Lost and Found by Mike Milligan

In this heavily illustrated book, Mike Milligan has captured the still developing story of one of those remote, but no longer secluded, corners of the Colorado Plateau.

Upstream from Moab on the Colorado River, near the Colorado state line, 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---Skull Rapid.

Near the head of the canyon are the remnants of the tiny town of Westwater, which has had an interesting and eventful history of its own, partly because of the river and canyon, partly because of the railroad that passes through it, and partly because of its remoteness. It has attracted over the years more than its fair share of colorful characters---government explorers and agents, 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 it has a colorful history that makes its story interesting in and of itself, Westwater's significance derives more from a phenomenon of the modern West-thousands of recreational river runners. They have pushed a backwater place into the foreground of modern popular culture in the West.

Westwater seems to represent one common sequence in western history: the late opening of unexplored territories; sporadic, often unsuccessful attempts to develop them; renewed obscurity when development doesn't succeed; their attraction of a marginal society of misfits or loners; and modern rediscovery due to new cultural motives, especially outdoors recreation, which has brought a great number of people into thousands of remote corners of the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874214901
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents Preface.................................1 1. First Touched by Man: Beginnings........15 2. Westwater Town: A Trip in Time...........53 3. Gunslingers and Bad Guys................97 4. Cattle versus Sheep.....................143 5. Rocks, Dams, and Hideouts: Entering the Canyon..............................163 6. The River Runners: Entering the Gorge...................................194 7. Skull Rapid.............................257 8. The Memorial............................276 9. Epilogue..................................292 Appendix. Colorado River Sites within the Westwater Region Notes...............................299 Bibliography............................357

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Westwater (Utah) History, Westwater (Utah) Description and travel, Colorado River (Colo, -Mexico) History, Colorado River (Colo, -Mexico) Description and travel

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Al-Eddy-Kukla More than 1 year ago
Super book for us "rats". I have run Westwater 60 to 70 times. I was thrilled to read about what really lies around and between the canyon walls. Mike Milligan has done a superior job of research for the book. I have ordered several copies for all of my fellow river runners to enjoy. I met Kirschbaum many years ago on a river trip and I never new he was the first to run a kayak down. Mike thanks for some excellent reading on a place I have spent countless days mesmerized by the beauty of the canyon there. I hope to meet up with you on a river trip someday somwhere!