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Lion Rock




Plate 390X. Lion Rock East Fork of the Sevier River 1872 - 2003 Viewed west-northwest down the East Fork of the Sevier River to Lion Rock (photo left edge) at the upper end of Kingston Canyon. The camera station is just below Utah Highway 62. The land in the foreground was recently aquired by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Today, the foreground is mostly greasewood with some Wyoming big sage, and looks much the same as it did in 1872. Pinyon and juniper appear largely unchanged on the dry, rocky hillsides. The woody riparian vegetation along the East Fork at the base of Lion Rock may have declined. The area was very heavily grazed by cattle and horses for many years before being purchased by the DWR. The low-growing grass is mostly blue gramma. Some green rabbitbrush is also present. This view is similar to Plate 389x, except it was taken with a normal lens. U.S. Geological Survey Photograph taken by John Hillers in 1872; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 31, 2003 - - Photo No. 5277-25.

Photo Information:

The original photograph is not held by either the National Archives or the USGS Photographic Library, but instead is Heliotype VI from C.E. Dutton’s 1880 Report on the geology of the high plateaus of Utah, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 307 pp.

Vegetative Community:

Sagebrush, Pinyon, Juniper, Riparian


South West: Section 16, Range 2½ West, Township 30 South; UTM 402200E, 4227800 N; elevation 6,200 ft.

January 2018