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  • Arkansas River from Sawatch Range

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    The famous American photographer, W.G. Chamberlain, took this photo of the southern Arkansas River, a large portion of which flows through Browns Canyon National Monument.
    Arkansas River from Sawatch Range
  • Rafting the Arkansas River

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     White-water rafters haul their boat down a series of steps at the Fisherman’s Bridge put-in on the Arkansas River.
    Rafting the Arkansas River
  • Arkansas River Fly Shop

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    The Arkansas River Fly Shop and Guide Service in Salida sells hundreds of brilliantly colored and patterned flies.
    Arkansas River Fly Shop



Alex Carr Johnson, “How Many More Monuments Will Obama Create?High Country News, March 5, 2015, web exclusive. .

“The National Park Service Organic Act of 1906,” Public Law 91-190, 64th Cong., 1st sess. (January 1, 1970).

Additional Information: 

Horace Albright and Marian Albright Schenck, Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999).

Denise D. Meringolo, Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).

Gerald W. Williams, The Forest Service: Fighting for Our Public Lands, Understanding Our Government Series, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007).