My grandfather used to trade on the river. He hauled
his supplies up from the mouth of the river, in boats, and founded the town of Ehrenberg,
and settled at La Paz. So the family sort of got its start on the Colorado River.
Thats what made me interested in it. The Grand Canyon I first saw when I was about
eight or nine years old.
Someplace in all my junk Ive got a picture that Emery took out of his
studio, starting down. I was just a little thing... I walked down and rode the mule back
I dont think it occurred to anybody much then, to run the river. Nobody
had run it in many years, and then about 1923, I think it was, the dam projects came down.
There were twenty-three dam sites on the Colorado River, and they were trying to pick out
the dam sites that might be most beneficially built. That was way before the fight started
between people who wanted dams and people who didnt want dams. That came
that was later. That was probably in the 1940s.
I was reading a newspaper one day, and I saw an article in it that a man in Mexican Hat
was going to go down the river, and he was going to take passengers. His name was Norman