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Margaret Eiseman Collection, 1945-1974

NAU.PH.2004.8


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Eiseman, Margaret H.
Title: Margaret Eiseman Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1945-1974
Quantity: 5840 color slides
Abstract:Extensive photographic documentation of river trips along the Colorado, Little Colorado and Green Rivers, 1945-1974.
Identification: NAU.PH.2004.8
Language: Material in English
Repository: Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Northern Arizona University
Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022
Phone: 928 523-5551
Fax: 928 523-3770
Email: special.collections@nau.edu

Biographical Note

Margaret Eiseman's maiden name was Margaret Helen Gorman. After several years of experience running the Colorado River in Glen Canyon (1955-1957), she and her husband-to-be Fred Eiseman started running the river through Grand Canyon with Georgie White. Fred was a boatman and she was the cook's helper. They made one trip during each of these three summers.

Georgie used inflatable pontoons with a motor and, in addition, a rig of 3 ten-man inflatable rafts lashed together and powered by oars. Fred was one of the 2 boatmen on this craft. Margaret held a rope tied to his oar so that if it got away from him, it was anchored to the boat. This means of transportation left them some quiet moments away from the motor. She and Fred married in 1958.

Tiring of the rafts and motor and eyeing the wooden cataract boats of the Mexican Hat Expeditions, in 1959 Margaret and Fred went to work for Gaylord Staveley, owner of that company. Gay had married Joan Nevills, the older daughter of Norman Nevills, who pioneered the use of cataract boats on the river and who had recently died in an airplane accident. After Nevills' death, Gay assumed ownership and took over the equipment.

They traveled with Gay in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969. Then Gay decided to switch from oar-powered boats to pontoons and motors and changed the name of the organization to Canyoneers. At this point, Margaret and Fred decided to run their own trips using wooden dories, which they purchased from Keith Steele who used them on the Mackenzie River in Oregon, and which they modified. They began their own private trips in 1971. Up to then they had taken one trip per summer averaging about 2 weeks in length.

In 1971 they joined with Dr. Malcolm McKenna, a paleontologist who worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He and his wife, Priscilla, had purchased two dories from the same source as theirs but painted them white, in contrast to Margaret and Fred's red boats. Their first private trip lasted 42 days.

In 1972 they were joined by Mark Arnegaard, a potter from Flagstaff, Arizona, and his inflatable kayak. In 1974 they used their own three red dories. These two latter trips also lasted 42 days, giving them plenty of time to explore side canyons. They were often supplied, by pre-arrangement, from passing pontoons of commercial river trips. By this time, the crowds of boats and people made their experience difficult. They later became embroiled in the controversies over two rules that the National Park Service imposed upon river travel: the allocation of river running permits to commercial tours vs. private users, and the issue of the use of motors vs. oars for river runners. These controversies persist to this day. Rather than wait for a permit, Margaret and Fred quit the river in favor of other interests.


Scope and Content

The Margaret Eiseman Collection documents trips along the Colorado, Little Colorado and Green Rivers between 1955 and 1974. Also included are images from 1945-1947 of Joel Sayre and Rich Chambers.


Arrangement

Most of the slides in this collection are in outline form. Series 1 slides are all related to Glen Canyon. Series 2 slides (Grand Canyon/Colorado River) are subdivided into unique folders according to distance in miles along the river from the starting point at Lees Ferry. Folders 1-61 are assigned for classification only and do not refer to specific river miles. Files 62-92 are organized by subject rather than by a location on the river. Series 3 slides relate to two specific trips in 1962 and 1964.

Restrictions

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No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

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It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for Northern Arizona University, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


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Preferred Citation

Margaret Eiseman Collection, NAU.PH.2004.8. Special Collections and Archives. Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ms. Margaret H. Eiseman in 2004.


Container List

NAU.PH.2004.8: Photographs, 1945-1974
NAU.PH.2004.8.1: Glen Canyon images, 1955-1963
840 images of trips taken through Glen Canyon. Digital versions of parts of this series are available online herehere.
NAU.PH.2004.8.2: Grand Canyon/Colorado River, 1945-1974
5000 images of trips taken through Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Digital versions of parts of this series are available online herehere.
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.1: John Wesley Powell Memorial, South Rim of Grand Canyon
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.2: Georgie White and passengers, 1955
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.3: Eiseman passengers, 1971-1972, 1974
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.4: Dan Davis, 1955-1956
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.5: Gaylord Staveley and passengers
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.6: Goldwaters, 1965
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.7: Fred Eiseman with John Eisenbeiss, 1971
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.8: Joel Sayre & Rich Chambers, 1945-1947
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.9: Maggie Eiseman
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.10: Don Gorman, 1968
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.11: Boatmen (Georgie trips, Gay trips, Eiseman, Other trips)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.12: McKennas, 1968-1971
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.13: Maps-Titles, Headwaters of Colorado
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.14: Equipment (Georgie White, Gaylord Staveley, Eiseman, Litton, Kayaks, Other, Inflatable kayak, 1971-1972
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.15: Food-cooking in camp, lunch stops (Georgie, Gay, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.16: Camp Scenes (swimming, diving, music) - Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, hauling boats, campsites
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.17: Rapid running techniques (Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, rapids running/looking over, lining and portaging)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.18: Repairs (Georgie, Gay, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.19: Ablutions (Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, others)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.20: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.21: Lees Ferry, preparation and takeoff (Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, other trips, historical sites)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.22: Navajo Bridge, mile 4.5 (Canyon above, Gay and rocks, Eiseman, Bridge photos, overlook pics)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.23: Badger Rapids, mile 8 (Canyon above, rockslides, Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, overlook pictures)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.24: Soap Creek, mile 11.5 (Canyon above, 10 mile area, Gay, other craft, Eiseman, Inscription, Brown Stanton mile 12, sheerwall area mile 14.5, Supai ledge mile 13-14, Georgie's driftwood fire)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.25: Stanton pics (canyon above mile 20-23, north canyon mile 20.6, Hot-na-na camp mile 16.3, House rock rapids, mile 17, rider canyon, boulder narrow mile 18.5, camp mile 19.2 redbud, 24.5 mile rapids, MHE, Georgie, appearance of redwall formation
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.26: Vasey's Paradise, mile 32 (river sculpture, stantion's cave, skeleton, petroglyphs, MHE, tiger wash area mile 26, south canyon mile 31.8, Vasey's Paradise spring in redwall formation mile 32)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.27: Redwall Cavern, mile 33 and below mile 41 (canyon above, cavern see tracks, canyon above Nautiloid and spring mile 38, Nautiloid canyon 34.8 mile, Buckfarm canyon and deer mile 41, Royal Arch canyon, Bert Loper's boat, Bridge of sighs, mile 35.8, 36 mile rapids and muav pillars, Marble canyon damsite, mile 39.5)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.28: President Harding rapids, mile 43.5 (Above Presiding Harding Temple Butte Channels, Georgie, Gay, Grave (Hansborough), Eiseman, Litton, Canyon scenes, Triple alcoves mile 47)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.29: Nankoweep, mile 52 (Canyon above, mile 51.9 theoretical site of Emma Dean Powell, Gay, Eiseman, Kayaks and Litton, Granaries and canyon views, Nankoweep Creek and bar, 1955 (signs and canyon, Kolb bar., Georgie))
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.30: Kwagunt rapids, mile 56 (canyon above, Gay, Eiseman, canyon hike, Georgie)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.31: Little Colorado River, mile 61.5 (canyon above 60.6 and bright angel shale, Georgie, Gay, Eiseman, hike to Sipapu, confluence, beamer cabin)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.32: Air crash site, mile 62 (Carbon canyon mile 64.6, Lava canyon mile 65.5, McCormick mine mile 65.5, Tanner rapids mile 65.5 to Cardenas creek, mile 69.3 old cabin on LB and remains, next beach below Tanner canyon and trail)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.33: Hopi salt mine mile 63.5 (caves and drips, stalactites, fetishes and pictographs)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.34: Goldwater and helicopter episode of 1965 at Lava canyon and hance rapids
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.35: Unkar, mile 72.5, above and below and 75 mile rapids (Georgie, Gay, Cardenas creek mile 71, canyon above unkar, unkar ruins including cliff dwelling below beach, Eiseman in unkar, 75 mile rapids, MHE, Eiseman, 76 mile camp left bank)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.36: Hance, mile 76.5-77.8 (Georgie, MHE, other trips, Eiseman, Canyon below Hance to Mineral canyon mile 77.8)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.37: Sookdologer, mile 78.5 (grapevine mile 81 Cottonwood creek, 85 mile rapids and Zoroaster, unfriendly walls and other side canyons above Phantom Ranch)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.38: Phantom Ranch, mile 88 (canyon above; traffic, George, MHE, ribbon falls, bright angel creek, suspension bridge, indian ruins, Roy Starkey and cable car, trips parked there)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.39: Horn rapids, mile 90.5 (canyon above, Georgie, MHE, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.40: Granite Falls, mile 93.5 (Georgie, MHE, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.41: Hermit, mile 95 (Georgie, MHE, other, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.42: Crystal, mile 98 (Boucher rapids mile 96.7, 96 mile camp, MHE, other trips, Eiseman, Crystal creek)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.43: Jewels, mile 99-112.2 (Tune creek mile 99.5, Agate, sapphire, turquoise, ruby 104.7, 104 mile camp, serpentine rapids 106, bass and camp mile 108, shinumo mile 108.5, walthenburg mile 112.2, hakatai mile 111, asbestos mine operation (Bass), ruins at mile 108
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.44: Elves chasm mile 116.5 (travertine faults above and near chasm, Georgie, MHE, Eiseman, Stephen Aisle, Conquistador aisle, blacktail canyon, rescue operation)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.45: Mile 123-129 (Forster mile 123, fossile mile 125 and below to mile 127, Spence mile 129, middle granite gorge, Powell's keystones mile 126.2)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.46: Bedrock, islands of bass limestone mile 130.5 (Georgie White, MHE, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.47: Deubendorf mile 132 (MHE, Stone creek, Eiseman, Randall Henderson letter, hidden, other trips, Don Neff)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.48: Tapeats (Georgie White, MHE (cable drum camp), Eiseman, Litton boats, Tapeats spring hike, below Tapeats to mile 135.9)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.49: Deer Creek Falls mile 136.1 (granite narrows mile 136.1, Georgie, MHE, Eiseman, flora at deer creek garden, below deer creek, ruins mile 137, other parties, Sinyala fault, mile 138.5)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.50: Keyhole Bridge and Georgie, 1956
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.51: Kanab Creek mile 143.6 and area (143 mile camp, Olo Canyon 145.5, Matkatamiba Canyon mile 148, Sinyala area mile 153, Cairns mile 146.5, Ledge camp area mile 152, Kanab Creek area, Upset rapids, Georgie at upset, MHE at Upset, Eiseman at upset, other trips at upset)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.52: Havasu, mile 155 to Gateway (Havasu mile 157, canyon above and below, tuckup mile 164, dry waterfall, across river 164.5, fern glen mile 168, stairway mile 171, gateway mile 171.5, redslide canyon mile 172.7, National canyon mile 166.6)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.53: Lava Falls mile 179.5 (canyon above, first lava, vulcan's anvil, Georgie, MHE, Eiseman, other boats, Lava falls only, bar, lower lava rapids, Eiseman)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.54: Lava flows below Lava Falls and area from mile 180 to mile 198 (camp at mile 182, to whitmore mile 188, 183 mile camp, mountain sheep, miles 188-198, hurrican fault, 189 mile camp, parashont camp mile 198, below Parashont to Spring Canyon area 215.6)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.55: 205 rapids to mile 224 (burros, 205 mile rapids, granite park mile 209; last Hyde camp thought to be at 210, pumpkin spring mile 213, mile 217 rapids, canyon mile 215-224, same altitude as Lees Ferry, fall canyon mile 211.7, 3 spring canyon mile 215.6)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.56: Diamond creek mile 225.5 (peak, Georgie, MHE)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.57: Mile 229-237 (travertine canyon 229.6, Don Ross, rainstorm, travertine falls mile 230, mile 232 rapids, bridge canyon city mile 237, bridge canyon city food cache, lower granite gorge about mile 236, mile 231 rapids)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.58: Separation rapids, canyon 239.5 (plaque, goldwater trip, Georgie, MHE)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.59: Mile 240-302 (Sandy point), Spencer canyon mile 246, bat cave mile 266, silt bars, Eiseman, emory falls mile 274.2, pierce ferry area mile 280, contrasting waters, driftwood, Iceberg canyon, Sandy point, towing boats, water fights
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.60: Temple Bar, mile 312 (Georgie, MHE, Eiseman, temple mountain butte)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.61: dams (Hoover, Glen)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.62: Canyon views (overlooks) including cape solitude
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.63: Aerial views
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.64: Contemplating canyon after river trip
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.65: Changing ecology (vanishing sands, plant growths-algae, granite falls, lava, shinumo, nankoweep)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.66: Human pollution (traffic jams, fluctuating water line, hauling boats)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.67: Pretty boat pictures (cataract boats, dories, good nikons pics in rapids)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.68: Some characteristics of river travel (springs, geological formations, erosion, landslides, high water year (1957))
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.69: River sculpture (waterfalls, rock piling)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.70: Unusual rocks and fossils (crinoid at nautiloid canyon, unusual rocks, Powell's keystone at mile 126.2, archaeology at unkar, cardena, nankoweep, deer creek, tapeats, stone creek, white man history, shinumo, mile 69.3, lave, 65.5 tapeats)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.71: Prints and dioramas courtesy of Dan Davis former Park Ranger at Grand Canyon (Holmes-Dutton, collection of diagrams and illustrations, Powell Expedition, Grand Canyon visitors, center dioramas and objects, continental drift)
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.72: Flora and fauna (flora, fauna and tracks, nests)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.73: General pictures
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.74: More general pictures (rainstorm, flowers, reflections, bubbles, whirls, pools, boats and canyons, flash flood water, sandstorms and sand, odd textures, geologic puzzles, trails, hikes, obstacles, canyon light, shadows, depth, silence)
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.75: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.76: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.77: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.78: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.79: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.80: Bright Angel trail
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.81: Clear Creek
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.82: Phantom area
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.83: Hance, Grandview
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.84: Kaibab trail
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.85: Tanner
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.86: Salt trail-Hopi Salt Mine
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.87: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.88: Untitled
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.89: Cape Solitude
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.90: Colorado River mouth
NAU.PH.2004.8.2.91: South rim, Toroweap
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NAU.PH.2004.8.2.92: Havasu, Havasupai falls to river, 1958
NAU.PH.2004.8.3.1-.59: Unique Trips, 1962-1964
59 images of trips taken through Grand Canyon (June 1962) and Cataract Canyon (July, August 1964). Specific locations and topics include Marble Canyon Bridge, Bert Loper's Boat, Vasey's Paradise, Soap Creek Rapids, Redwall Cavern, Indian Ruins, Little Colorado River, Tanner Mine Camp, Hance Rapid, Inner Gorge Trail, Havasu Creek, Lava Falls, and Lake Mead.