A Journey Through Mukuntuweap: The History of Zion National Park

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A Journey Thro...Mukuntuweap, Jan 17, 2009 - Photography - 150 pages
Experience the wonderful beauty of Zion Canyon where the photography depicts a visual image of the canyon, while the story takes the reader on an epic historical journey through the region. The book is broken down into seven chronological chapters: the geological history--describes the numerous rock layers and events, including the Western Interior Seaway, that contributed to creating the Colorado Plateau; the early civilizations--recounts the Native Americans who inhabited the region; the explorers--portrays the expeditions of Dominguez/Escalante and Jedediah Smith parties that traversed Southern Utah; the Mormon settlers--gives an account of Brigham Young leading members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints west to settle in the Utah Territory; the land survey of 1872--relates the exploration and land survey companies who formed the United States Geological Survey; proclamation for a new valley of wonders--sets forth the details for becoming a national monument; and Zion National Park--sums up becoming a national park from 1919 to present day.
 

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Contents

The Geological History
1
The Early Civilizations
14
The Explorers
30
The Mormon Settlers
49
The Land Survey Of 1872
69
Proclamation For A New Valley Of Wonders
94
Zion National Park
111
Glossary
135
Bibliography
140
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The author, David Oswald, lives in a Los Angeles suburb of Southern California where he has worked as a photographer for over 30 years - specializing in landscapes, portraits, and photo restoration. David has photographed numerous national parks since 1984. The inspiration to write and publish, "A Journey Through Mukuntuweap: The History of Zion National Park," came from David's visit to Zion in the early 1970s along with his passion for photographing national parks. "My first memory of Zion National Park came while on a summer trip with my parents in the early 1970s. I vaguely remember the features of the canyon, except one distinct detail. It was when my mother and I walked across a suspension bridge over the Virgin River. The experience left a lasting impression imprinted in my mind forever. Later years, flooding washed away the bridge. In 1984, I was re-introduced to Zion Canyon by my wife, Lorrie." - David Oswald

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