Well, no, we sure hadn't. Lyman's photo gift was a thunderbolt out of the blue. We've been hoping for weeks to find a photo just like this. Imagine our glee when we could not only look at Johnson's oar ferry but Buffalo Bill, too! And can you imagine our glee when we became 99.999% certain that THIS is the Very Same ferry boat used for carry both the robbers and the posse across The Colorado River. Lyman's Gift Photo today stopped us right in our tracks and we ignored all other plans. We devoted the lion's share (pun intended) of our time this Sunny Sunday to collecting graphics and sources for this blog post.
First things first--THANK YOU, Lyman! This is a fabulous photo and we're going to be able to all sorts of fun stuff with it. Comments are below each photo or and sources links are at the end of the post.
And here's a tighter clip from the enlarged photo. Buffalo Bill is the guy with the goatee wearing the checked vest. We were actually a lot more curious about the far guy on the back right.
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Here is a link to an excellent account of the Buffalo Bill North Rim trip.
Here's a link to the source of the model photos.
This is the source of the second view of the boat--the one with the blurred human.
Based on the article about Buffalo Bill's North Rim trip, it would appear the Lees Ferry boat photo was created by W.H. Broach.
Here is a great 2002 archives article about the Buffalo Bill trip as described by a historic Family from House Rock Valley.
Lyman also send a screen clip of an additional source of the original photo. It appears to be located within the NAU archives and we hope to go look at it soon.