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Mile 204.1, Rapid 18, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2920)

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Stake 2920, 8 June 1889 View Larger Image
8 June 1889
The Brown-Stanton Expedition portaged their boats down the left side through most of Mile Long Rapid (Rapid 13 to 19). Rapid 18 is at the downstream end of Mile Long and forms a substantial navigation hazard. For example, in 1909 Seymour Dubendorff of the Stone Expedition flipped his boat at the top, probably on or near the rocks and waves shown in this downstream view. On the lower left side of the rapid, the Button Hole flips many unwary boatmen in medium flows (about 30,000-45,000 ft3/s).
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-68, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2920, 31 March 1994 View Larger Image
31 March 1994
The large boulder that now blocks the view came from an isolated rockfall, which is common throughout Cataract Canyon. Although this photographic evidence is not conclusive, we believe from other evidence that the Button Hole formed in the 20th century as a result of one of these isolated rock falls.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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