Black Canyon of the Gunnison, The

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Overview
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River is one of the deepest, narrowest, and most inaccessible canyons in the United States. Very few explorers have ever traversed the 53-mile gorge in Gunnison and Montrose Counties. The canyon, one of the nation's wonders, has been the precipitous stage for an exciting history featuring Ute Indians, a narrow-gauge railroad, sensational explorations, and the construction of the Gunnison Tunnel—the first major Bureau of Reclamation project in history. The Black Canyon became a national monument in 1932 and a national park in 1999. Today it remains a crown jewel of Colorado's Western Slope.
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ISBN: 9780738569192
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 188
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Author Duane Vandenbusche, professor of history at Western State College in Gunnison since 1962, is the author of six books on the Gunnison country and western Colorado. Until 2007, he doubled as cross-country coach at the college, where his men's and women's teams won 12 national championships. In 1972 and 1973, Vandenbusche and two friends, John Hrovat and Dave Nix, traversed the length of the Black Canyon from Cimarron to its end. In this volume, photographs from libraries, museums, private collections, and old-timers—many of them previously unpublished—bring the history of the Black Canyon alive.
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