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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 229.0, Travertine Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2553a)

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Stake 2553a, 12 March 1890 View Larger Image
12 March 1890
Stanton’s diary assumes a decidedly engineering tone in the first few days after he resumed his trip downstream of Diamond Creek. For example, in describing this upstream view Stanton states: ‟Broken up into a general slope, though the slope is not so flat as above, with points of harder rock standing up over the general slope. These must be cut very heavy in order to give a good line. But it will make a magnificent roadway.”
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-673, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2553a, 29 February 1992 View Larger Image
29 February 1992
Travertine Canyon (mile 229.0) has perennial flow and is a popular stop for river trips that extend below Diamond Creek. The view upstream from its mouth mostly shows Vishnu Schist and granite in walls that appear unchanged over the last century. River level is quite similar to Stanton’s view. A catclaw persists from 1890 in the right midground, with California buckwheat and toothleaf goldeneye on the slope below possibly representing unidentifiable shrubs from Stanton’s view. The Tapeats Sandstone in the foreground is evidence of a debris flow.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 2553a, 23 April 2011 View Larger Image
23 April 2011
River level is similar to that in 1992 and at the time of Stanton’s original photograph. The catclaw persists on the right upper slope, while tamarisk now is common along the water’s edge on both sides of the river.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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