Flaming Gorge
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Title:Flaming Gorge
Other Names:The Flaming Gorge
History:Flaming Gorge is now covered by Flaming Gorge Reservoir. (Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey)
County:Sweetwater
Feature Category:Land Features
Origin Of Name:Flaming Gorge was named by John Wesley Powell on his first expedition down the Green River in 1869. "The river is running to the south; the mountains have an easterly and westerly trend directly athwart its course, yet it glides on in a quiet way as if it thought a mountain range no formidable obstruction to its course. It enters the range by a flaring, brilliant, red gorge, that may be seen from the north a score of miles away. The great mass of the mountain-ridge through which the gorge is cut is composed of bright vermilion rocks; but they are surmounted by broad bands of mottled buff and gray, and these bands come down with a gentle curve to the water's edge on the nearer slope of the mountain. This is the head of the first canon we are about to explore—an introductory one to a series made by the river through this range. We name it Flaming Gorge. The cliffs or walls we find, on measurement, to be about one thousand two hundred feet high." (Powell, 1875)Flaming Gorge is now covered by Flaming Gorge Reservoir. (Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey)
Type (DCMI):JPEG
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Document ID:11139436

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