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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 14.7, Glen Canyon Dam, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2638a)

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Stake 2638a, 23 December 1889 View Larger Image
23 December 1889
For Stanton’s crew, the objective on the morning of December 23 was not just to survey a railroad route but to reach Lee’s Ferry in time for Christmas. They knew that Warren Johnson lived at Lee’s Ferry and expected a feast, a departure from their spartan river fare. They had camped the previous night only a short distance above the current site of Glen Canyon Dam. At 8:30 AM, Stanton stopped in a right-hand bend 14.7 miles upstream of Lee’s Ferry. While others surveyed the route, Nims captured this view under cloudy skies.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-235, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2638a, 29 October 1992 View Larger Image
29 October 1992
In October 1956, the blasting began on the walls of Navajo Sandstone at this once obscure spot. In 1963, Glen Canyon Dam was completed and Lake Powell began to fill. At this point, about one-half mile downstream, a new horizontal stripe on the wall was created by seepage from the reservoir. The small sand bars that lined the banks of the Colorado River in 1889 have eroded away, although a large sand bar is present directly across the river from the camera station.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 2638a, 20 April 2011 View Larger Image
20 April 2011
In the 19 years between photographs, the vegetation growing along the shoreline has increased in both size and stature, particularly the netleaf hackberry. Many of the individual plants persist, and a new netleaf hackberry is visible in the lower right corner of the image.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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