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Salina Canyon




Plate 343. SALINA CANYON 1923-2001 Plate 343 was taken from the same initial camera station as Plates 340 to 342 but is viewed north across Salina Canyon to Water Hollow and Water Hollow Ridge (8,800 ft). Also visible in the original is the mouth of Coal Hollow but that view is now blocked by thick brush. Musina Peak (10,984 ft - - a.k.a. Marys Nipple) is on the skyline - - photo right edge. All four photographs were taken from a single camera station in 1923, but the retakes had to be made from different photopoints because vegetation now obscures the original views. Pinyon and juniper have increased as has oakbrush, serviceberry, birch-leaf mountain mahogany, curlleaf mountain mahogany, and other mountain brush species. The vegetation around the photopoint is now so thick that access is nearly impossible. Even the old mine road is now so overgrown that foot travel is difficult.

Photo Information:

Original photo by E.M. Spieker in 1923; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 29, 2001 - - Photo No. 4887-19A; Original photo (Spieker 80) held by U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.

Vegetative Community:

Pinyon, Juniper, Oakbrush, Mountain Brush


South Central: Section 24, Range 3 E, Township 22 S; UTM 445600 E, 4304350 N; elevation 7,800 ft.

January 2018