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Mile 11.4, Soap Creek Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1556)

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Stake 1556, 9 July 1889 View Larger Image
9 July 1889
When the Brown-Stanton Expedition portaged Soap Creek Rapid, it encountered this broad expanse of sand below the rapid and camped. Nims took this upstream view using paper-stripping film that was not completely processed, which is why the view is murky. The next morning, Frank Brown, present of the railroad company, drowned in an eddy fence just downstream from this point. Lines of driftwood show earlier high-water stages of Colorado River floods.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-284, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1556, 31 January 1991 View Larger Image
31 January 1991
There is no longer much driftwood visible on the sandbars in the view, and those sandbars have deflated and become vegetated with tamarisk and native species. A Mormon tea is prominent in the foreground, and tamarisk are scattered along the riverbank.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1556, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
The Mormon tea clump has expanded and persists. Some of the tamarisks in the view show leaf beetle damage. The higher-elevation sand bars appear to be more densely vegetated and perhaps smaller, while low-elevation sand covers some rocks visible in 1991.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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