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Mile 208.6, Tilted Park, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2630)

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Stake 2630, 6 June 1889 View Larger Image
6 June 1889
After their arduous portages in the rapids upstream, the Brown-Stanton Expedition decided to spend most of the day in the cottonwood grove on river left at Tilted Park. They needed to dry their equipment after the wreck of the Brown Betty. The crew members began to question Frank Brown’s leadership at this point in their expedition, and it was here that they decided to split the expedition in half. In this upstream view, Franklin Nims captures a beach devoid of vegetation except for scattered cottonwood seedlings, and driftwood logs are present.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-58, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2630, 24 July 1992 View Larger Image
24 July 1992
Tamarisk has invaded the formerly barren sandbars at Tilted Park. Some other Nims photographs from this site are totally blocked by tamarisk thickets. The cottonwood seedlings in 1889 apparently did not persist as they were established at a site vulnerable to flooding, and driftwood is scattered around the open sand but is wrapped around the tamarisk to the right. Coyote willow and scattered tamarisk trees line the left side of the view. Hackberry in the background on river left have increased, but junipers appear to be in the same positions on the slopes above.
Photo credit: Gary B. Bolton

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