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THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS

by J.W. Powell


Complete reprint of “Canyons of the Colorado” 1895 edition, with supplementary map. This was the first published account in book format of Powell’s 1869 discovery journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers. 150 illustrations and photographs. Dover Publications.

$16.95


A CANYON VOYAGE, THE NARRATIVE OF THE SECOND POWELL EXPEDITION

by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh


Dellenbaugh (1853-1935) enjoyed a career as an artist, writer and explorer that began in 1871 when he joined Powell’s second Grand Canyon expedition at age seventeen. This book, first published in 1908, is a detailed account of the venture. This edition includes photos and illustrations from the original book.

The Exploration of the Colorado River
Canyon Voyage

$69.95--SOLD OUT


RIVER RUNNERS OF THE GRAND CANYON

by David Lavendar


A 188-page history of river running on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon, beginning with John Wesley Powell’s voyages up through the closing of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. 75 historical black and white photographs.(Out of Print)

$18.95


LIVING AT THE EDGE: EXPLORERS, EXPLOITERS AND SETTLERS OF THE GRAND CANYON REGION

by Michael F. Anderson


A look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included in this volume are nearly two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region.

River Runners
Living at the Edge

$14.95


RECOLLECTIONS OF PHANTOM RANCH

by Elizabeth J. Simpson


Weary travelers have savored this delightful spot since the turn of the century. Discover the modern history of adventures, developers and builders of the Phantom Ranch area from J. W. Powell’s 1869 expedition forward.(Out of Print)

$8.95


THE KOLB BROTHERS OF GRAND CANYON

by William C. Suran


A collection of tales of high adventure, memorable incidents, and humorous anecdotes. Ellsworth and Emery Kolb were famous turn-of-the-century photographers whose adventures at the Grand Canyon, and whose river journeys from Wyoming to the Gulf of Mexico are legendary. The book includes stories of their excursions and many early photographs.

Recollection at Phantom Ranch
Kolb Brothers

$8.00


POWELL’S CANYON VOYAGE

by W.L. Rusho


A booklet published in 1969 commemorating the 100th anniversary of Major J.W. Powell’s first trip (1869) down the Green and Colorado Rivers of the West. Historian W.L. Rusho uses engravings from the original articles about the expedition to illustrate his text. A very readable account about the men, the boats, and the difficulties of that historical event. Western Americana collector item.

$20.00


THE DOING OF THE THING: THE BRIEF BRILLIANT WHITEWATER CAREER OF BUZZ HOLSTROM

by Vince Welch, Cort Conley, and Brad Dimock


Buzz Holmstrom was an unknown service station attendant from Coquille, Oregon, who made headlines in 1937 as he navigated over 1,000 miles of the Green and Colorado Rivers, alone, in a boat he built and designed by himself. Nine years and thousands of river miles later, Holmstrom’s body was found beside the Grand Ronde River in Oregon. At 37, his story had ended in even greater mystery than it began. Now, fifty years later, three boatmen have brought to light a story about rivers and wooden boats, heroes, humility, unbearable beauty, solitude, and death.

$10.00


THE CANYONS OF THE COLORADO: THE 1869 VOYAGE DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER

by Major J. W. Powell, with illustrations by Thomas Moran and others. Editor, Wiliam R. Jones, reproduced in 1981.


This is a reprint of an article that was prepared by Powell as a popular presentation of his river-running discoveries. It was first printed in 1875 in Scribner’s Monthly, a national journal of that early day. The original illustrations are included. Western Americana collector item.

Canyon Voyage
Doing of the Thing
Powell

$6.95--SOLD OUT


THE GRAND CANYON, EARLY IMPRESSIONS

edited by Paul Schullery


This anthology presents a selection of both well- known and obscure essays on the Grand Canyon that date from before the turn of the century to the eve of World War II. The first and last essays deal with river running, and here we are immersed in the drama of a Colorado River trip and the feelings of those people driven by a need to explore and experience the Canyon from the river.

The Grand Canyon

$18.00


SUNK WITHOUT A SOUND – THE TRAGIC COLORADO RIVER HONEYMOON OF GLEN AND BESSIE HYDE by Brad Dimock


Author and boatman Brad Dimock searched the country for the true story of Glen and Bessie Hyde. Glen and Bessie began their honeymoon trip down the Green and Colorado Rivers on October 20, 1928. They vanished in the canyon without a trace. Brad Dimock followed each story and obscure lead to its end, evening going to the extreme of recreating the Hydes’ archaic craft for a harrowing trip through the Grand Canyon with his own bride. Sunk Without A Sound is the riveting tale of the search for Glen and Bessie Hyde.

Sunk without a sound

$19.95


THE GRAND CANYON READER

by Lance Newman


This superb anthology brings together some of the most powerful and compelling writing about the Grand Canyon--stories, essays, and poems written across five centuries by people inhabiting, surviving, and attempting to understand what one explorer called the "Great Unknown." The Grand Canyon Reader includes traditional stories from native tribes, reports by explorers, journals by early tourists, and contemporary essays and stories by such beloved writers as John McPhee, Ann Zwinger, Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, Linda Hogan, and Craig Childs. Lively tales written by unschooled river runners, unabashedly popular fiction, and memoirs stand alongside finely crafted literary works to represent full range of human experience in this wild, daunting, and inspiring landscape.

Grand Canyon Reader

$17.95


THE VERY HARD WAY: BERT LOPER AND THE COLORADO RIVER

by Brad Dimock


Signed copies available. Bert Loper was born in 1869 the very day that Major John Wesley Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and the Colorado Rivers. Loper spent much of his life devoted to those two streams. But it was never easy. Orphaned and abused, Loper worked most of his life at the very bottom, the nameless grunt in hard rock mines, the sore-backed shoveler on a placer bar, the subsistence rancher on a lonely gravel delta in Glen Canyon. Whatever Loper got, he got the very hard way. But on the muddy whitewater streams of the Southwest, Loper found a joy, a thrill, and a peace. By the time he died at his oars in a Grand Canyon rapid at eighty, he had covered more river, run more boats, and known more rivermen than anyone. Two weeks before he vanished in the Colorado, the very first motorboat had run Grand Canyon – bookending Loper’s incredible career.

$15.95


THE BRAVE ONES: THE JOURNALS AND LETTERS OF THE 1911-1912 EXPEDITION DOWN THE GREEN AND COLORADO RIVERS BY ELLSWORTH L. KOLB AND EMERY C. KOLB INCLUDING THE JOURNAL OF HUBERT R. LAUZON,

transcribed and edited by William C. Suran, foreword by Brad Dimock


Signed Copies Available.

In 1911, The Kolb brothers, Emery and Ellsworth, young photographers living on the South Rim of Grand Canyon, conceived a preposterous expedition: although neither of them knew much about whitewater, they had two wooden rowboats built, and proposed to row them the entire eleven hundred miles of the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trip was not solely for thrills. They planned to make not just still and stereo photographs, but moving pictures as well.

In early September they launched from Green River, Wyoming. For the next four and a half months, the brothers rowed, careened, roped, dragged, and carried their boats through and around the rapids, often finding themselves swimming in the freezing river, patching and repatching their boats, and salvaging what film and equipment they could from their flooded hatches.

Their first assistant left in tears after the first week, but was replaced on the last leg of the journey by stalwart Bert Lauzon, a miner, cowboy, and roustabout. Against all odds, the three men emerged from Grand Canyon in January, 1912, with photographs and movies they would show and sell for the next sixty years.

Here for the first time are their on-the-spot accounts, transcribed from the journals they penciled late at night along the shore. Theirs is a tale of phenomenal courage, terrific luck, and dogged perseverance. And in spite of unending hardship, the brothers had nearly as much fun doing it back then, as you will have following along nearly a century later.

The Very Hard Way
The Brave Ones
Powell

$50.00


JOHN WESLEY POWELL AND THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE CANYON COUNTRY

by Don Fowler, Robert C. Euler, & Catherine S. Fowler


From 1868 to 1879, John Wesley Powell devoted part of his time to a study of the Indians of the Canyon Country. The Prehistoric human history of the Grand Canyon region is briefly described here by Euler. The origins of the Indians in the Canyon Country are portrayed by the Fowlers, and brief accounts are presented using Powell’s notes on Indian customs, practices, and beliefs.(Out of Print)

$15.95


EVERY RAPID SPEAKS PLAINLY: THE SALMON, GREEN, AND COLORADO RIVER JOURNALS OF BUZZ HOLMSTROM (COLORADO RIVER CHRONICLES), by Buzz Holmstrom, edited by Brad Dimock

Signed copies available.


Buzz Holmstrom amazed the country in 1937 when he built his small wooden boat and rowed, solo, down the thousand rapid-choked miles of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Yet he soon returned tot the obscurity of Coquille, Oregon, and faded from the memories of all but a few whitewater boatmen.  In 1998 Wince Welch, Cort Conley, and Brad Dimock pubslihed their award-winning biography of Holmstrom, The Doing of the Thing.  Interest in Holmstrom soared far beyond the small world of whitewater, The biography is well told, but it is Holmstrom’s own writing, sensitive and perceptive, witty yet humble, that sets Holstrom apart from his peers and gives him a place in our hearts.  Now Brad Dimock has faithfully transcribed Holmstrom’s own journals and letters of Holmstrom’s journeys down the Salmon and Snake Rivers in 1936, and the Green and Colorado in ’37 and ’38. The accounts of Holmstrom’s three companion sin 1938 round out the tale.  For those who already know of Holmstrom and want more, and for those who have yet to meet him, Every Rapid Speaks Plainly provides a fuller and deeper look into one of America’s premier boatmen.

Every Rapid Speaks Plainly

$24.95


DIARY OF ALMON HARRIS THOMPSON

edited by Herbert E. Gregory


Diary of Almon Harris Thompson, chief assistant, geographer, and topographer for the 1869 Powell exploration of the Colorado River.

$19.95


THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE HIGH PLATEAUS OF UTAH BY THE SECOND POWELL EXPEDITION OF 1871-1872

edited by Herbert E. Gregory, William Culp Darrah, and Charles Kelly


Journals of three men of the second Powell expedition, providing diverse points of views about the second expedition, both in terms of its human components and its scientific labors.

$19.95


THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER IN 1869 AND 1871-1872

edited by William Culp Darrah, Ralph V. Chamberlin, and Charles Kelly


This volume contains the journals of Major John Wesley Powell, George Young Bradley, Walter Henry Powell, and J. C. Sumner. Also included are various letters and notes by the members of the first expedition, and the journal of Francis Marion Bishop from the second expedition. All of the writings offer vivid descriptions of both adventure and of able and energetic scientific field work, and are of enduring interest and importance.

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