double clickBrown's Riffle - A Surveying Expedition Gone Wrong
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Brown's Riffle

Mile 12 - Brown’s Riffle

Frank M. Brown -President of the Denver, Colorado Canyon, and Pacific Railroad Company- perished here in 1889. As his wooden boat left shore it rolled over in a large boil or whirlpool. This action tossed Brown and another man by the name of Harry McDonald into the river. In the cold-water sans life preservers, they were carried swiftly downstream. Brown made attempts to keep his head above water, but eventually drowned. McDonald barely escaped the same fate by swimming to shore and climbing onto the rocks at water’s edge.

Railroad in the Grand Canyon »

Brown and McDonald, along with chief engineer Robert B. Stanton and a dozen other men, were in Grand Canyon to survey a river level train-route to transport coal from the Rocky Mountains to Los Angeles. Fortunately to modern day river runners and other admirers of Grand Canyon, this engineering and logistical headache never reached fruition.

Lower Gorge Grand Canyon

Lower Grand Canyon Mile by Mile »

The lower Grand Canyon, as traveled by Western's 3 or 4 day expedition begins at Whitmore Wash (mile 188) and finishes at Lake Mead (mile 277).

See Lower Grand Canyon