Andrew Gulliford

Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

A rock is a rock is a rock, unless it is in the middle of a fast flowing river and you are about to smash into it with the front of your boat. In which case, you’re apt to give it a name. River runners have been christening rocks and rapids for more than a century, and the names have stuck.

John Wesley Powell started the practice in...


Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at gulliford_a@fortlewis.edu

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