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Title Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Subject Authors; Teachers; Librarians; Cowgirls; Ranchers
Spatial Coverage Green River (Utah); Emery County (Utah); San Rafael Desert (Utah)
Personal Names Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Description Oral history interview of Pearl Baker, recounting reminicences of Southeastern Utah.
Creator Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Publisher Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton
Contributors McFarlane, John
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1971-07-09
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Format Creation Scanned at 400ppi on an Epson Expression 1630XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF and re-sized to JPEG using PhotoShop CS.
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane.
Language eng
Relation Southeastern Utah Oral History Project, sponsored by Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program. O.H. 726
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 8.5" x 11"
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman, Kenning Arlitsch
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Date Created 2004-07-09
Date Modified 2004-07-09
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Description BAKER the world. There was a million dollars and more over in that bar and all he had to do was wash it out. I visited Cass1 grave down there a few years ago. Slim Williams took me in his boat down to Tickaboo and I walked up to the graves just before the water covered them. We people who have lived at White Canyon and Hite and on the river are heartbroken that so much was lost beneath the lake. Nothing that Lake Powell can ever give to the visiting public can even begin to compare with the damage that it did in the wonderful, wonderful, fabulous places it covered. The Indian writings on the Smith Bar at Smith Fork were simply out of this world. They were much superior to Newspaper Rock in Indian Creek. They had regular stories that they told. That was an incomparable loss to the American people. There were so many people who could have gone down the river and who did go down the river and camp. They were just discovering the river. The camping spots were fabulous and there were so many more of them than around the lake; there just is no way of telling it. It was a river of a few riffles, enough to make it interesting but float trips were perfectly marvelous down it. The history of the bars that is covered forever and lost is beyond all telling. Nobody could ever gather all of the history together. California Bar, for instance, that is where Turner is buried. That is where Bert Loper and Rachel spent their honeymoon. Many people worked the California Bar. There were patented claims there. Rosie Gerhart and her family did work on the California Bar. In fact, I was there where they dug out the tunnels that they had used for storage of fruit and household goods. They were not at home when I visited the California Bar but they had done a tremendous amount of work there taking out considerable gold. All of that is completely lost. It is lost forever, as well as Escalante Canyon, the Cathedral of the Desert, and Music Temple. Things that were of more traditional and historical value than the mere commercial and recreational value of the lake can ever supercede. I remember when Hite was covered. I was living in New Mexico and I knew the lake was coming in but I hadn't realized how much it would mean to me. When the world would get too much with me, I would go down and spend a few days with the Barrets^-at their place in White Canyon. They had a little spring there and a five-acre parcel of land that they had a patent on. Mrs. Barrett called it "The Poor Farm"- While in New Mexico, I had received a letter from Art Chaffin, saying that he had tied his boat Frank Barrett died in 1969. Baker.
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Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
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Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317702
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