By Mark W. T. Harvey
Harvey info the 1st significant conflict among conservationists and builders after international battle II, the profitable struggle to avoid the construction of Echo Park Dam. The dam at the eco-friendly River used to be meant to create a leisure lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric strength, yet may have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur nationwide Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. Mark W. T. Harvey is affiliate professor of historical past at North Dakota nation college in Fargo.
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40, a far superior road that provided a direct connection from Denver to Salt Lake City. S. 40, the staffs of two local newspapers, the Vernal Express and Roosevelt Standard, collaborated on a "scenic edition" insert section. Lauding the possibilities of tourism in the region, the papers pointed to scenic wonders and historic attractions in this remote part of the West, including Park City, an important mining town in Utah; the Uinta Mountains; and Rocky Mountain National Park. " 34 Yet the eagerness of residents could not overcome the fact that the new monument had been born with severe handicaps, all of them related to its lack of a clear public identity.
Of course, from one standpoint, upstream states did not need to worry about losing Colorado River water to California and its neighbors, at least not in a legal sense, for all seven states that shared the great river had agreed some years earlier to the Colorado River Compact, the Magna Carta governing its use. ) The Compact created an upper and lower basin and permitted each to use half the water available annually in the river system. 5 million acre-feet every year. In order to accomplish such a feat, as well as to be able to utilize their own allotment, the upper basin had to be able to regulate the river with dams above Lee's Ferry, the dividing point of the upper and lower basins.
9 Local residents were understandably disillusioned, and they had to wait until the early I950S before the Park Service began to excavate additional fossil bones and place them on display in a new visitor center. Yet despite deep frustration with the National Park Service, hopes of attracting tourist dollars by no means disappeared, and in the I9 3os there began a campaign to protect a large portion of public land north and east of the dinosaur quarry. Here lay a vast, rugged landscape dominated by the Lodore and Yampa canyons and two great tributaries of the Colorado River, the Green and Yampa.
A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement by Mark W. T. Harvey