Early Exploration

Early Exploration (HM29GA)

Location: Montrose, CO 81401 Montrose County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 34.898', W 107° 42.864'

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Standing here, it is difficult to imagine anyone trying to cross the canyon or navigate its waters. Like hikers today, the Utes and early explorers faced rigorous hardships.

In 1900, William Torrence led a crew to explore the possibility of diverting Gunnison River water for farming. His first trip ended with the loss of most supplies and a difficult climb to the rim.

Torrence set out the next year with A. Lincoln Fellows, with a rubber air mattress. The trip lasted nine days and was not without trouble. "At the 'Narrows' the fun began. The Canyon is full of great boulders, which form bridges across the stream. Over these we must scramble, one getting on top and pulling the other up. We spent a day going a quarter of a mile. the walls are almost perpendicular in many places and some 2,000 feet or more to the top."

The Gunnison Diversion Tunnel was completed in 1909, and still provides water to lands around Montrose. Today's river lacks a seasonal variation in water flow and the reduced river is diminished in its ability to sculpt the canyon.
HM NumberHM29GA
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 263557 N 4273845
Decimal Degrees38.58163333, -107.71440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.898', W 107° 42.864'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 53.88" N, 107° 42' 51.84" W
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Area Code(s)970
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chasm View, Montrose CO 81401, US
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