Sunday, 13 June 2004
Two Miners Fight Over The Canyon
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Arizona, USA. WHAT: Grand Canyon & Colorado River.
MAP: Grand Canyon. Thumbnail click  or link  pop-up larger images.
The Grand Canyon is so huge that at some of the viewpoints one may forget that down there in the bottom runs the Colorado River. Today's featured pictures were both taken from Mather Point [PDF format oblique map], named in honor of a millionaire borax miner who became the founding director of the National Parks Service, Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930). Look carefully in the center of the first frame where there is just a peek of the river.
The canyon is about 277 miles (446 kms) long, 4-18 miles (6-29 kms) wide, and attains a depth of more than a mile (1,600m).
In Ch.2 [PDF format], 'Becoming a National Park', of the online monograph 'Polishing the Jewel: An Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park' by Michael F. Anderson, you may read how Mather's vision of public ownership endured in the face of private exploitation. The most dogged resistance came from another miner, Ralph H. Cameron, whose vision was completely at odds with Mather's.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)