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White Canyon: Remembering the Little Town at the Bottom of Lake Powell based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
White Canyon gathers its sparse waters from south Elk Ridge in southern San Juan County, UT. You might better recognize the name for its association with Natural Bridges National Monument, through which it winds on its way to Lake Powell. But before Glen Canyon Dam created the lake, White Canyon hosted a small company town and a uranium mill. Situated between Dandy Crossing and the Hite ferry on the Colorado River, the White Canyon community was the seasonal home of Lorin and Bertha Winn and their family, including grandson Tom McCourt. The book is not a lyrical account, nor is it a history anchored by footnotes (hence some of its factual errors). It is a personal, somewhat romanticized memoir of days and times gone by. Of a youngster who loved his grandparents and rejoiced in his time at White Canyon. The organization of the book is stream-of-consciousness, although the table of contents would suggest otherwise, and is distracting. The author's characterization of Indian ruins, the river, and even the canyon itself was downright annoying. His phase "Atomic Monster" betrays some hidden agenda regarding the uranium mining industry, and hints at an anger as yet unresolved. Finally, the book could have benefited from some firm and consistent editing. But as a representation of childhood in a remote part of Utah's desert and canyon country, the book does a fair job.