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Mile 24.6, 24-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1559)

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Stake 1559, 14 July 1889 View Larger Image
14 July 1889
Nims secured this image, the third taken from Stanton’s Marble Pier, to show the Brown-Stanton expedition’s camp 37, in addition to the canyon and proposed railroad route, which would have proceeded on the right side of this view. 24-Mile Rapid, at that time a small riffle, appears in the center of the view as a prominent V. Large piles of driftwood are scattered near the shore. The plants that dot the slopes include Mormon tea, Anderson thornbush, and Apache plume.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-305, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1559, 2 February 1991 View Larger Image
2 February 1991
Nims secured this image, the third taken from Stanton’s Marble Pier, to show the Brown-Stanton expedition’s camp 37, in addition to the canyon and proposed railroad route, which would have proceeded on the right side of this view. 24-Mile Rapid, at that time a small riffle, appears in the center of the view as a prominent V. Large piles of driftwood are scattered near the shore. The plants that dot the slopes include Mormon tea, Anderson thornbush, and Apache plume.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1559, 16 September 2010 View Larger Image
16 September 2010
24-Mile Rapid has widened owing to river reworking during controlled dam releases in 1996, 2004, and 2008, although it remains a more significant navigation hazard than it was in 1889. The most noticeable change in this view during the two-decade interval between matches is the increase in size and number of tamarisk. The increase in tamarisk is one reason why the sandbar on the upstream side of 24.5-Mile Rapid has declined as a usable campsite; erosion by operations of Glen Canyon Dam has also removed some of the sand present in 1889.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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