Aspen History: Rafting from Aspen to Hoover Dam

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Earl Eaton (left) and Charles Bolte immediately before launching their light rubber raft to begin their raft trip from Aspen to Glenwood Springs on the Roaring Fork River, 1954. They reached Glenwood approximately seven hours after leaving Aspen. The next day they launched their large raft on the Colorado River for a trip to the Hoover Dam.
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“Bolte and Eaton will float Colorado River,” announced a headline in The Aspen Times on May 27, 1954. “The dream of a pioneer heart will be realized beginning next Saturday when two local voyageurs will begin a two-months trip from Aspen to Hoover Dam via the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Charles Bolte and Earl Eaton will leave Aspen Saturday morning about 8:30 at a point near the Hospital in a small rubber raft and float to Glenwood Springs, where they will stay overnight. On Sunday morning the pair will begin the Colorado River part of the trip when they will load their equipment on an Engineer’s pontoon raft and begin a trip that will take two months or longer before reaching their destination. The official boat launching will be made about 11 o’clock Sunday morning at Glenwood Springs at the river near the swimming pool. Aspenites are urged to be there to see this expedition off on a thrilling trip.”

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