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Stanton Repeat Photography

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Photographic Methods and Conventions

The Stanton photographs were matched on a series of river trips along the Colorado River starting in 1989. All images of the Green River and Cataract Canyon were taken by Franklin A. Nims, Nims also took all photographs of Glen Canyon and in Grand Canyon to the head of House Rock Rapid, with a few other images downstream to South Canyon. After Nims sustained disabling injuries in late December 1889 read more...

Photographers

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In May 1889, railroad engineer Robert Brewster Stanton, in collaboration with real estate investor Frank M. Brown, began a survey of the Green and Colorado River corridors. Their goal was to construct a railroad line from Grand Junction, Colorado to San Diego, California, one that would wind at river-level through several of the Colorado River's canyons. While that expedition ended in disaster in July after three men-one of them Brown-drowned read more...

Cataract Canyon Sites

MileDescription 
216.3Confluence of Green and Colorado Rivers, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
216.3The Confluence, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
215.8Just downstream from the Confluence, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.8Just downstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.3Downstream from the Confluence, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.3Above Spanish Bottom, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.0Downstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.0Just downstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
214.3Near Lower Red Lake Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
214.3Lower Red Lake Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
214.1Across from Spanish Bottom, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
213.4Near Lower Red Lake Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
212.5Rapid 1, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
212.5Rapid 1, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
212.1Rapid 2, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
211.2Downstream from Rapid 3, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
210.8Rapid 4, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
210.7Rapid 5, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
210.2Bottom of Rapid 5, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
210.2Bottom of Rapid 5, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
208.6Tilted Park, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
208.1Rapid 10, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
207.1Rapid 11, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
207.0Rapid 12, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
205.0Opposite Range Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
205.0Opposite Range Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
204.4Rapid 16, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
204.3Rapid 17, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
204.1Rapid 18, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
203.6Rapid 19, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
203.0Beach at Big Drop 1, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
198.5Upstream of Waterhole Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches

Glen Canyon Sites

MileDescription 
14.7Glen Canyon Dam, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
14.7Glen Canyon Dam, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
13.5Opposite Ropes Trail, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
13.5Opposite Ropes Trail, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
12.3Colorado River, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
12.3Colorado River, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
10.2Opposite Ferry Swale Day Use Area, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
10.2Opposite Ferry Swale Day Use Area, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
7.0Colorado River, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
7.0Colorado River, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
3.53-Mile Bar, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
3.53-Mile Bar, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
2.2Fall Canyon, Up Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
2.0Colorado River, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
2.0Colorado River, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
0.0Lee's Ferry, Downstream View from River RightView Matches

Grand Canyon Sites

MileDescription 
0.0Mouth of Paria River Delta, Up Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
0.0Paria River Delta, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
0.0Paria River Delta, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
1.2Lees Backbone, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
1.2Lees Backbone, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
2.9Cathedral Wash, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
2.9Cathedral Wash, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
4.0Water Holes Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
4.6Navajo Bridge, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
6.46-Mile Wash, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
8.1Badger Creek Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
8.1Badger Creek Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
10.310-Mile Rock, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
10.310-Mile Rock, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
11.4Soap Creek Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
11.8Salt Water Wash, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
12.713-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
17.0House Rock Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
18.4Boulder Narrows, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
23.3Indian Dick Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
23.3Indian Dick Rapid, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
23.523.5-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
24.524.5-Mile Canyon, Down Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
24.524.5 Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
24.524.5-Mile Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
24.624-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
26.7Tiger Wash Rapid, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
26.7Tiger Wash, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
26.7Tiger Wash, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
26.7MNA/Tiger Wash, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
30.0Fence Fault Camp, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
30.0Fence Fault Camp, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
31.5South Canyon, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
31.5South Canyon, Up Canyon View from River RightView Matches
31.5South Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
31.9Vasey's Paradise, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
36.036-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
41.3Bert's Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
44.6Below Eminence Camp, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
51.5Upstream from Little Nankoweap Creek, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
51.5Upstream from Little Nankoweap Creek, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
52.8Nankoweap, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
52.8Nankoweap, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
55.855-Mile Marsh, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
58.1Awatubi Canyon, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
61.4Little Colorado River, Across Canyon View from River RightView Matches
61.4Little Colorado River, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
65.5Palisades Creek, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
65.5Palisades Creek, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
65.5Palisades Creek, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
67.2Comanche Creek, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
67.2Comanche Creek, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
71.3Cardenas Hilltop, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
71.5Cardenas Hilltop Ruin, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
71.5Cardenas Hilltop Ruin, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
75.5Nevills Rapid , Upstream View from River RightView Matches
82.9Boulder Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
82.9Boulder Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
82.9Boulder Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
92.5Salt Creek, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
92.5Salt Creek Camp, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
94.9Hermit Creek, Up Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
95.0Hermit Rapid , Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
98.2Crystal Rapid, Across Canyon View from River RightView Matches
98.2Crystal Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
98.2Crystal Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
107.6Bass Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
107.6Upper Bass Area, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
108.3Bass Camp , Upstream View from River RightView Matches
108.5Bass Camp, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
114.2Below Garnet Camp, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
114.2Garnet Camp, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
115.5Above Elves Chasm, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
122.8Forster Canyon, Up Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
122.8Forster Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
122.8Forster Rapid, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
127.9Colorado River, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
127.9Colorado River, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
130.4Bedrock Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
130.5Bedrock Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
130.5Bedrock Canyon, Up Canyon View from River RightView Matches
133.8Tapeats Rapid, Across Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
133.8Tapeats Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
137.6Above Doris Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
137.6Doris Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
141.7Below 141-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
143.4Kanab Creek, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
143.4Kanab Creek, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
167.1Downstream from National Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
167.1Downstream from National Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
176.0Red Slide, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
176.0Red Slide, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
178.3Vulcan's Anvil, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
179.3Lava Falls Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
179.3Lava Falls, Up Prospect Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
179.3Lava Falls, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
189.0Below Whitmore Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
189.0Below Whitmore Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
193.0193-Mile Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
202.2Colorado River, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
206.8Indian Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
215.2Upstream from Three Springs Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
215.2Upstream from Three Springs Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
219.2Trail Canyon, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
219.2Trail Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
222.5Upstream from Diamond Peak, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
222.6Colorado River, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
229.0Travertine Canyon, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
229.0Travertine Canyon, Up Canyon View from River LeftView Matches
229.0Travertine Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
229.8Colorado River, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
229.8Colorado River, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
233.4Above 234-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
234.4Colorado River, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
234.4Above 234-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches
242.5Below 241-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River RightView Matches
242.5Below 241-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches
242.5Below 241-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
246.0Spencer Canyon, Upstream View from River LeftView Matches

Stillwater Canyon Sites

MileDescription 
3.0Water Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches
1.2Upstream of Powell Canyon, Upstream View from River RightView Matches

Upper Colorado River Sites

MileDescription 
0.2upstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River LeftView Matches

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