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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 2.2, Fall Canyon, Up Canyon View from River Left (Stake 2605)

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Stake 2605, 26 December 1889 View Larger Image
26 December 1889
This view up Fall Canyon was taken to illustrate the bridge crossing that Stanton had to design to allow his railroad to course down the left side of the river corridor. The canyon floor is relatively smooth, a result of large volumes of stormwater runoff coming off the Echo Cliffs and running to the Colorado River behind the camera station. Most of the vegetation in this view is on the canyon floor, though the foreground ledge hosts grasses and a few shrubs.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-248, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2605, 11 February 1992 View Larger Image
11 February 1992
The canyon floor has become channelized, and the channel has moved toward the rock overhang and the camera station. Perhaps as a result, the lip of the ledge has broken away. A large rock at the right center edge has also broken and slipped down to the foreground ledge. The two shrubs in the right foreground have died, but two individuals of Mormon tea persist on the center-right ledge and on the foreground ledge. Grasses remain on the foreground ledge but have been grazed by livestock. New plants include rubber rabbitbrush and three pricklypear near the lip of the ledge, four-wing saltbush at the right-center edge of the view, tamarisk on the canyon floor, and netleaf hackberry at the foot of the opposite canyon wall.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2605, 20 April 2011 View Larger Image
20 April 2011
The three pricklypear on the foreground ledge persist from 1992 and have increased in size. The Mormon tea individuals in this area also persist since 1889. The tamarisk, netleaf hackberry, and Russian knapweed remain on the canyon floor, and the entire canyon is more heavily vegetated with only small patches of exposed sand. The channel in the canyon remains in the same place.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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