By Jillian Robinson
Goldwater & The Canyon
Senator Barry Goldwater had a lifelong passion:
the Grand Canyon. As he said toward the end of his life, "If
I ever have a mistress, its going to be the Grand Canyon
Ive taken moving pictures, still pictures. I never get tired
of looking at this thing."
In 1940, he fulfilled a lifetime ambition: to boat
down the Colorado and Green Rivers. He joined eight other "river
rats" and traveled from Green River, Utah to the mouth of the
Virgin River. From this two-month expedition, he would produce hundreds
of still photographs, a short film and a book, Delightful Journey.
This trip would also change his life forever:
"I was the 70th person to ever
go through the Canyon. I really think its what got me started
into politics. I took moving pictures of the trip and I guess I
averaged four times a week showing the picture all over the state.
When someone suggested that I run for the Senate, I thought, well,
if there is anyone in the state I havent shown these pictures
to, I dont know who they are. So I got into politics for that
Goldwater would make countless trips to the Canyon
during the course of his life. It was the one place to which he
always returned. For those of us who follow, his photographs, film
and book provide an enduring contribution to the lore of the Canyon.
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