Nathaniel Galloway papers, 1898-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Galloway, Nathaniel, 1853-1913
Nathaniel Galloway papers
1898-1960 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
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The copied Nathaniel Galloway papers (1898-1960) consist of a diary which Galloway kept during a river expedition on the Colorado River as well as newspaper accounts and a letter describing the diary. Nathaniel Galloway was a famous river explorer and boatman.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Nathaniel Galloway (1853-1913) was born in Lehi, Utah. In the 1880s he became a trapper in Vernal, Utah. In 1897, Galloway completed a navigation of the Colorado River from Green River, Wyoming, to Needles, California. To accomplish this, Galloway introduced a light-weight, flat-bottomed boat, different than the heavy and cumbersome boats which had previously been used. Galloway also appears to have developed a technique of going into the river rapids stern-first while rowing upstream to stabilize the boat while going through. One year after Galloway's first navigation through the Grand Canyon, he was hired as a hunter and boatman for the Hoskaninni Mining Company, owned by Robert Brewster Stanton. He later met one of the financiers of the mining company, Julius Stone, an Ohio industrialist. Stone and Galloway became friends and after several years, Stone approached Galloway about the possibility of navigating the Colorado River together in small boats. In 1909, an expedition was organized. The boats were manufactured in Chicago according to the Galloway style and shipped to Green River, Wyoming. In addition to Stone and Galloway were three others: one of Stone's friends, C. C. Sharp, one of Galloway's acquaintances, Seymour Dubendorff, and a photographer, Raymond Cogswell. The group began to journey downriver on 12 September 1909. They arrived in Needles, California on 19 November 1909. The trip was without mishap, save a few incidents, including Dubendorff capsizing in one of the rapids. The rapid was later named Dubendorff rapid in his honor. The 1909 expedition is considered the first one entirely for pleasure on the Colorado River, similiar to those today. Galloway also became the first person to navigate the entire Grand Canyon twice. Galloway died in 1913, but his style of boats were in common use until the advent of the inflateable raft. His style of rowing into the rapids has continued to be used with some modifications. The business of river rafting has since become a popular sport with hundreds of trips being made since the Galloway-Stone Expedition of 1909.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Nathaniel Galloway papers (1898-1960) consist of a photocopy of the diary which Galloway kept during a river expedition on the Colorado River as well as photocopied newspaper accounts and a letter describing the diary.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Nathaniel Galloway papers, Accn 1936, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1936.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Copied journal
This folder contains a photocopy of the original journal.
1 2-3 Transcription of journal by Otis R. Marston
This folder contains a transcription of the diary of Nathaniel T. Galloway. Details the Julius F. Stone expedition through the canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Folder 3 contains a transcription by Roy Webb from the earlier typed transcription by Marston. Spelling, punctuation, and abbreviations were edited and standardized to make this electronic version web-searchable.
1909 September 12-1909 November 19
1 4 "Through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado: Adventures by Nathaniel Galloway"
This folder contains a photocopy of an article originally printed in the Vernal Express.
1 5 "Through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado: The Daring Adventure of Two Western Hunters and Trappers"
This folder contains a photocopy of an article originally printed in the Commercial Tribune.
1 6 Letter from Otis R. Marston to Leslie Bliss 1960

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Rivers--West (U.S.)--Discovery and exploration--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Galloway, Nathaniel
  • Geographical Names :
  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Description and travel
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries