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By Mark W. T. Harvey

Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little cognizance and few viewers till plans to block the fairway River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Fifties. Echo Park Dam could have threatened a part of this nationwide monument, a prospect that alarmed the nationwide Park provider. In July 1950 the author Bernard DeVoto released his essay,"Shall We allow them to break Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night submit" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the desert Society, and different companies embraced preservind Echo Park. through the spring of 1956 the coalition of barren region fanatics and conservation agencies had confronted down the dam's proponents and strength Congress to cancel its building. As Professor Harvey makes transparent, the conflict to save lots of Echo Park marked the 1st significant conflict among preservationists and builders after global struggle II, a clash that replays itself within the West with better depth each one decade.

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Howard Zahniser, executive secretary of the Wilderness Society. Joe Desloge studies Backus Rapid in the Canyon of Lodore, July 1955. Boats dwarfed by the Tiger Wall in Yampa Canyon in 1952. Stephen Bradley floating the Yampa River in 1952. Page x Stephen Bradley on the Green River. A panoramic view of Steamboat Rock, the Green River and Echo Park. Eight-hundred foot high Steamboat Rock looms over Echo Park. Richard Bradley, a defender of Echo Park. Harold Bradley in Madison, Wisconsin, 1943. David Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club.

William Cronon did the same, and his suggestions and insights in correspondence and through his own work have been an inspiration. Donald Worster sharpened my ideas by asking searching questions that helped me to broaden my focus and uncover the deeper themes of the study. His NEH seminar in Logan, Utah in 1988 was invaluable as I was then beginning to undertake the revisions to turn the dissertation into a book. Finally, I am more than grateful to Donald Pisani, whose generosity, good cheer, humor, words of encouragement, and scholarly example have sustained me throughout.

T.  1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: The peculiar past of a national monumentThe seeds of contro- versyPrimeval parks and the wilderness movementA mere millpond- Serching for an alternate siteWilderness for a new generationThe great evaporation controversyThe politics of preservationA symbol of wilder- nessTriumph for the park systemEpilogue.  and Utah)History.  Nature conservationUnited StatesHistory-20th century.  Title. 8' 12dczo 93-46955 CIP © 1994 by University of New Mexico Press All rights reserved.

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