Mon - October 24, 2005

A Thousand Miles in a Canoe from Denver, Colorado ?

South Platte River at Masters, Colorado
Somehow by accident I've found the following reference in book catalog A thousand miles in a canoe: Or, A canoe voyage from Denver, Colorado, to Leavenworth, Kansas. During the summer of 1867 by W.A. Spencer. This title sounds really intriguing and very much like A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe by John MacGregor who did his trip in Europe in 1865 ...

I couldn't find any trace of it either on-line or in library catalogs. I wonder if anybody heard something about that voyage or has any clues where to look for any information about it. Is it some sort of a hoax reference?

Since I am posting a lot about my paddling on South Platte River below Denver, I am often asked if it is possible to paddle or sail from Denver on S. Platte and Platte Rivers down to Mississippi. Well, I don't think it's possible nowdays due to all irrigation dams taking water from the river. I haven't managed to paddle S. Platte much further downstream than Fort Morgan in eastern Colorado.

Update. I've got several e-mails and comments on the above subject. The book really exists, although, it's not easily available. I've heard about several canoe trips originating in the Denver area and running down the South Platte and Platte River to Mississippi and even further to New Orleans. Most of them took place in 1970s and 1980s. I will keep gathering information and exploring the South Platte with my kayak.

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