issue we asked what yall thought about the Bat Towers down
around mile 265: if the ones on the Park side should be preserved
and kept up as historical monuments, or removed before they become
historically significant, i.e. are they monuments or
The topic was discussed at the Fall Meeting and the general
since the main and most majestic towers are on the Hualapai
side and will remain regardless of what the Park does and:
since funding is always scarce and there are many other pressing
needs within the Park, (the historic boat collection, for instance):
that posterity could afford to forego the Bat paraphanelia
on the right bank.
In a dissenting opinion historian Roy Webb writes:
Of course they are historical and should be kept intact,
as much as anything left by Bass or Hance or John D.Lee. Just because
someone can remember them doesnt mean they arent history.
Think what a loss it was when the NPS tore down all the buildings
at Lees Farry and up in Dinosaur. I actually think the bat towers
are a fascinating bit of history and stand as a monument to that
same spirit (greed?) that drove Hance and Bass into the Canyon.
For next issue wed like 25 word opinions on:
Air traffic: inalienable rights
or indefensable wrongs?
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