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Fremont River




Plate 2X. Fremont River 1872-2002 Viewed northeast over the Fremont River west of Torrey, Utah. Juniper has increased in the foreground and now blocks the original view, so the retake was made from the nearest open area about 100 ft. to the west. The Fremont River has changed course since 1872 when it was largely hidden from view by vegetation at the base of the first rock ledge - - note the horses in the original for scale. Woody riparian vegetation is still abundant, but grasses appear to have declined, while big sage, rubber rabbitbrush, and other shrubs appear to have increased near the stream. Russian olive has become established since the earlier photo. Otherwise, there has been little apparent change. Many boulders, for instance, are in the same position on the distant talus slopes.

Photo Information:

Original photograph by Jack Hillers in 1872; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 5, 2002 - - Photo No. 4930-25. Original photo from Dutton (1880:Heliotype 10) titled the Red Gate.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Sagebrush


South West: Section 10, Range 4 East, Township 29 South; UTM 459150 E, 4239700N; elevation 6,920 ft.

January 2018