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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 242.5, Below 241-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1927)

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Stake 1927, 11 March 1890 View Larger Image
11 March 1890
Stanton typically set up his camera in river bends to get long views of the canyon and show the proposed railroad route. In this reach, his railroad would have traversed the right side of the view, which is barely visible in this downstream view. Stanton’s photograph shows a rocky Lower Granite Gorge with little vegetation on the banks or bedrock.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-699, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1927, 11 March 1998 View Larger Image
11 March 1998
Stanton’s original camera station is inundated by Lake Mead, which rose into this reach in the late 1930s. This match was taken from a boat using a 35 mm film camera. There isn’t much to interpret in this match.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

Stake 1927, 25 April 2011 View Larger Image
25 April 2011
A digital single-lens reflex camera was used to match this view, again from a boat. The lake level drop, which resulted from reduced inflows into Lake Mead during the early 21st century drought, shows as a white bathtub ring on the left side. Some riparian vegetation – mostly non-native tamarisk – appears in little coves in the lake.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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