A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement

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University of Washington Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 400 pages

Harvey details the first major clash between conservationists and developers after World War II, the successful fight to prevent the building of Echo Park Dam. The dam on the Green River was intended to create a recreational lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric power, but would have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur National Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border near Wyoming.

 

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Contents

1 The Peculiar Past of a National Monument
3
2 The Seeds of Controversy
23
3 Primeval Parks and the Wilderness Movement
51
4 A Mere Millpond
77
5 Searching for an Alternate Site
129
6 Wilderness for a New Generation
153
7 The Great Evaporation Controversy
181
8 The Politics of Preservation
207
9 A Symbol of Wilderness
235
10 Triumph for the Park System
263
11 Epilogue
287
Notes
303
Bibliography
345
Index
357
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Mark W. T. Harvey is associate professor of history at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

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