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EAC lecture series continues with “Steamboats on the Colorado River”

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EAC lecture series continues with “Steamboats on the Colorado River”

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series will present “Steamboats on the Colorado River” on April 16, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. At this free event, Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, will present a family-friendly slideshow and lecture about the use of steamboats on the Colorado River.

The discovery of gold in California and increasing unrest between migrants and local Native Americans brought about a concentrated effort to use steamboats on the Colorado River to supply and transport miners, emigrants, and U.S. Army troops. The lecture will provide a brief history of this effort and will show many pictures that chronicle highlights of interest.

“This is really an exciting part of Arizona history,” says Swanson. “It has many humorous facets, such as the first attempt to get camels to cross the Colorado River, and some tragic ones, such as the complete decimation of cottonwood forests along the river for firewood. It has much to do with Latter-day Saint migrations, the attitude of the U.S. Army toward local Native American populations, and the incredible courage and fortitude of all the players. And much of that history is still playing out!”

For more information about this event or Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.