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Water and the Colorado desert
Where should the dams be? politics, the Colorado River Compact, and the Geological Survey's role
Prelude to an expedition : Washington and Flagstaff
A cumbersome journey : Flagstaff to Lee's Ferry to the Little Colorado River
Surveys and portages : Furnace Flats through the Inner Gorge
Of flips and floods : Bass Canyon to Diamond Creek
Feeling their oats : Diamond Creek to Needles
Aftermath : politics and the strident hydraulic engineer.
In 1923, America paid close attention, via special radio broadcasts, newspaper headlines, and cover stories in popular magazines, as a government party descended the Colorado to survey Grand Canyon. Fifty years after John Wesley Powell's journey, the canyon still had an aura of mystery and extreme danger. At one point, the party was thought lost in a flood. Something important besides adventure was going on. Led by Claude Birdseye and including colorful characters such as early river-runner Emery Kolb, popular writer Lewis Freeman, and hydraulic engineer Eugene La Rue, the expedition not only.