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Mile 82.9, Boulder Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1454a)

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Stake 1454a, 4 February 1890 View Larger Image
4 February 1890
While Stanton climbed up on a bench to obtain a better view, his crew prepared a meal and warmed themselves on a fire on a small beach at the mouth of what is now called Boulder Canyon. The long exposure time smoothed out the waves on the small riffle that was present, and smoke from the fire creates some haze across the debris fan, partially obscuring the boats parked upstream.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-434, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1454a, 28 January 1990 View Larger Image
28 January 1990
An unknown crew member poses in the same position as one of Stanton’s crew 100 years later. A debris flow at some point in the past century has dramatically changed the appearance of the beach and the riffle, depositing a train of boulders partway across the river. The river stage is similar to that in 1890, emphasizing the change and increased constriction in the river. Only a few small shrubs are visible in the foreground, and none elsewhere in the view.
Photo credit: Ralph Hopkins

Stake 1454a, 21 September 2010 View Larger Image
21 September 2010
Twenty years later, the riffle has not changed in appearance, and many rocks in the river can be identified. Riparian vegetation, which includes longleaf brickellbush and seepwillow, has greatly increased. One tamarisk tree at the mouth of Boulder Canyon is prominent and appears to be new to the view.
Photo credit: Stephen Kenney

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