Vishnu Temple Press
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Vishnu Temple Press publishes and distributes non-fiction books about the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.
Vishnu Temple in the Grand Canyon Art © Ron Short
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Order these two Grand Canyon river history books and save $$. Combination of From Powell to Power (paperback) and Big Water, Little Boats available for $45
This will just take six months ... or so Dock Marston thought in 1947 when he
began to write a simple review of the earliest expeditions along the Colorado
River. He soon realized what had been previously written was woefully
incorrect and incomplete. Marston resolved to compile as thorough a
recounting of the first 100 river runners through the Grand Canyon as he possibly could.
Dock began his history of river running on the
Colorado River in Grand Canyon at a time when many of the pioneering river
runners from the late 1800s and early 1900s were still alive. Over the next
thirty years, Dock amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of
these river runners, from James White on a log raft in 1867 to the first
powerboat runs of 1949 through 1951. This book is his opus magnum,
establishing an accurate narration of these sometimes contradicting
recollections. The work was almost completed in 1979 when Dock ran his
last rapid. Restrictions placed on the manuscript expired in 2012, and this
incredibly rich story has finally made it into book form. Tom Martin, author of
several Grand Canyon books, brings Marston's work to the forefront of
Grand Canyon river running literature.
About the author: Dock Marston ran rivers throughout the West from the 1940s to the 1970s. He ran his last rapid in 1979. He ran on some of the lowest and highest flows on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. He also ran many types of watercraft from a one-man Sportyak, through sadiron cataract boats, dories, rubber rafts, and a variety of power boats. His collection of river materials at the Huntingdon Library is highly valued by all Grand Canyon river buffs.
About the editor: Tom Martin has been hiking in and rafting through the Grand Canyon since 1971. With Duwain Whitis, he co-authored the Guide to the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He also wrote Day Hikes from the River and Big Water, Little Boats. All three books are available from this site.
Isbn 978-0-9905270-2-2, perfectbound trade paperback, 532 pages, December 2014, $30.00.
From Powell to Power (paperback) is also available from the following stores:
Aspen Sports, Flagstaff, AZ
Babbits Backcountry Outfitters, Flagstaff, AZ
Back of Beyond Bookstore, Moab, UT
Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff, AZ
Huntington Library Bookstore, San Marino, CA
JW Powell Museum, Green River, UT
Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
Peace Surplus, Flagstaff, AZ
Wet Dreams, Flagstaff, AZ
Willow Canyon Outdoor Co, Kanab, UT
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