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Glen Canyon Dammed by Jared Farmer
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Feb 07, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, natural-history, wilderness, southwest
Recommended for: southwesterners and people who want to blow up the dam
Read in January, 2008

"...though wilderness in the canyonlands may be nothing but a cultural creation, the canyonlands are not. They're a real place with real history. When, in the early twentieth centuray, visitors described Glen Canyon as primitive, they weren't simply feeding their fantasies. At the time, this place was far removed from the nation--though hardly the peopleless, storyless place that tourists often imagined. [But] It looked and felt like wilderness was supposed to."

occasionally a bit dry, but overall a fascinating cultural and ideological history of rivers, roads, and rocks of the Canyonlands. has maps and pictures!

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