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Canyon of dreams : stories from Grand Canyon history

Author: Don Lago
Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Grand Canyon--long recognized as one of North America's premier natural wonders--has stirred human imagination and creativity, leaving an indelible mark on all who have encountered its spectacular vistas and intricate landscapes. Stories of the canyon's early inhabitants to its modern day visitors are as varied and deep as the canyon's cliffs. In 1928 astronomer Edwin Hubble came to the canyon to test it as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Anecdotes
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lago, Don, 1956-
Canyon of dreams
(DLC) 2013026909
(OCoLC)854139807
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Lago
ISBN: 9781607813156 1607813157
OCLC Number: 864900540
Description: 1 online resource (ages cm)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. That's One Small Step.in the Grand Canyon: The Apollo Astronauts Hike to the Moon --
2. On the Rim of Creation: The World's Greatest Telescope --
3. "Looks Like a Mulhatton Story": The Origin of the Egyptian Cave Myth --
4. Panda Tracks in the Grand Canyon: Tales of the Ancient Chinese --
5. The Tail that Wagged the President: Or, President Harding's Dogged Secretary of the Interior --
6. Citizen Kane-yon: William Randolph Hearst's Grand Canyon Estate --
7. Brighty of the Grand Canyon: History Becomes Fiction, and Fiction Makes History --
8. King of the Road: Roger Miller's Big Adventure --
9. With God and Teddy at El Tovar: Early Tourists React to the Grand Canyon --
10. "These Infinities of Beauty and Terror": Poets and Writers Discover the Grand Canyon --
11. Haunted by Time: British Writers Discover the Grand Canyon --
12. Tropic of Canyon: Henry Miller's Moment of Truth --
13. Tall Cliffs and Tall Tales: The Origins of John Hance --
14. The Yellow Brick Road: A Personal Reflection on History --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Don Lago.

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"The Grand Canyon--long recognized as one of North America's premier natural wonders--has stirred human imagination and creativity, leaving an indelible mark on all who have encountered its spectacular vistas and intricate landscapes. Stories of the canyon's early inhabitants to its modern day visitors are as varied and deep as the canyon's cliffs. In 1928 astronomer Edwin Hubble came to the canyon to test it as a site for the world's greatest observatory. In the 1960s the Apollo astronauts hiked into the canyon to learn geology in preparation for lunar explorations. Famous writers and poets have looked to the canyon to find the meanings of nature and God. Dreamers turned a 1909 newspaper hoax into an elaborate myth about ancient Egyptian tombs in the canyon. Canyon of Dreams tells these and other stories, including that of Brighty the burro, who inspired a classic children's novel, and the story of a teenaged Roger Miller, who spent a summer living in a trailer and "pushin' broom" at the canyon, leading to his song "King of the Road." Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst's fight against the National Park Service to retain property he owned on the canyon rim is another illuminating tale. Despite being little known in the official annals of Grand Canyon history, the fight served as a pivotal moment in the much broader struggle between promoters of wilderness conquest and those advocating for preservation. This eclectic compilation runs the gamut from the idiosyncratic to the landmark, the mythical to the empirical, and everything in between. The narratives are captivating and sure to appeal to readers interested in the Grand Canyon's long and complex history. The work is thoroughly researched and will prove a valuable contribution to historical scholarship. Canyon of Dreams sheds light on many obscure aspects of the canyon and takes readers on rollicking adventures in the process."--

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