A Green River Reader

"There is something ominous about a swift river, and something thrilling about a river of any kind."—from Beyond the Hundredth Meridian by Wallace Stegner

Beginning above Flaming Gorge Dam in southwestern Wyoming, the Green River traverses the complete variety of terrain on the Colorado Plateau before joining the Colorado River above Cataract Canyon in southeastern Utah. Like its more famous cousin, the Colorado, the Green has captivated, capsized, and cajoled all types of characters with challenges and beauty to match its geologic variety.

In A Green River Reader editor Alan Blackstock brings this mysterious, magnificent, thrilling river to the reader with an interpretive guide that will inform both river novices and river veterans. Assembled here is every significant written testament to this "awesome ditch," from Domínguez-Escalante to Kit Carson and John C. Frémont; to contemporary American naturalists and writers including Wallace Stegner, Bernard DeVoto, David Brower, Ann Zwinger, Ellen Melloy, and Edward Abbey. Those with a story to tell—those who trapped the Green’s beavers, endured its wild rapids, were humbled by its imposing canyon walls, fought for its beautiful landscapes, or whose "pulse was hurried" by the "lofty chasms, walled in by precipices of red rock"—are collected here.

If you’re headed down the Green, make sure that your dry bag or ammo can has room for just one more thing, your copy of A Green River Reader.

Alan Blackstock is assistant professor of English at Utah State University. He has been known to run a river or two himself.

Table of Contents:
Introduction, Alan Blackstock

Beginnings: Four Streams in Search of a River,
Fray Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante

The Explorations of William H. Ashley and Jedediah Smith, 1822–1829, William H. Ashley

Kit Carson's Autobiography, Kit Carson

An 1839 Wagon Train Journal, Thomas J. Farnham

Report of the Exploring Expedition to Rocky Mountains, John C. Frémont

Death Valley in '49, William Lewis Manly

Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the Junction of the Grand and Green Rivers of the Great Colorado of the West, John Strong Newberry

Uintah Not What Was Represented, Deseret News

Green River: The Gateway, Wallace Stegner

The Lost Journal, John Colton Sumner

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, John Wesley Powell

George Y. Bradley's Journal, George Y. Bradley

A Canyon Voyage: The Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

"Queen Ann" of Brown's Park, Ann Bassett Willis

Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico, Ellsworth Kolb

Now We're Safe, Now We're on the River: Bus Hatch's First Green River Voyage, Roy Webb

The Marks of Human Passage, Wallace Stegner

The Dinosaur National Monument, Earl Douglass

Shall We Let Them Ruin Our National Parks?, Bernard De Voto

Dinosaurs, Parks, and Dams, David Brower

The Battle for Echo Park, Russell Martin

The Other "Place No One Knew," Roy Webb

A Recent Year, Philip L. Fradkin

Echo Park Through Split Mountain, Ann H. Zwinger

Two-Snake Days, Ellen Meloy

Terra Incognita: Into the Maze, Edward Abbey

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