Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau

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The Colorado Plateau is home to nearly thirty national parks, monuments and recreational areas. The unique geology, stunning rock formations, powerful rivers and numerous scenic canyons that compose such a striking region also made navigation difficult. Yet daring explorers braved the journey. Rock art and other artifacts are evidence of occupation thousands of years ago. Spanish explorers once trekked across this rugged terrain, seeking information on the native populace, religious converts and trade routes. In the frontier era, a trio of bandits discovered the value of good horses while fleeing for three hundred miles. Nearly a century after the gold rush, uranium fever brought another boom to the rugged reaches of the area in the 1940s. Supported by years of research, Bob Silbernagel traces the Colorado Plateau's intrepid inhabitants throughout history.
ISBN: 9781467138109
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Colorado
Series: Transportation
Images: 40
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Robert Silbernagel was the editorial page editor for the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction for nineteen years. Now retired, he continues to write a regional history column for the Sentinel. Mr. Silbernagel is the author of the book Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado, published by the University of Utah Press in 2011. He also wrote Dinosaur Stalkers: Tracking Dinosaur Discoveries of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, published by Dinamation International, the Bureau of Land Management and the Museums of Western Colorado in 1996. Mr. Silbernagel has written a number of history articles for periodicals, including the Wisconsin Magazine of History and Colorado Heritage. He and his wife, Judy, live near Palisade, Colorado.