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Bob Goodwin
The Flattops
Sat Feb 3, 2018 6:44am

The Flattops are a good fifteen miles north of the Roost in the middle of the San Rafael Desert. To get there from Monticello would mean taking the northern route to Green River and back down. That is not the way the Pocock described. See my post below.

  • Re: The two girls at Robbers RoostVince Garcia, Fri Feb 2 2:15pm
    That may be true. In fact, he may never have gone further than camp out at the Flattops. What's important to me is the lore about the two girls' place of origin he may have gotten from locals,... more
    • The Flattops — Bob Goodwin, Sat Feb 3 6:44am
    • Re: The two girls at Robbers RoostDaniel Buck, Sat Feb 3 5:06am
      Vince, Read Pocock's Following the Frontier (1903), "The Trail of the Outlaw," but only if you are a glutton for confusion. The chief moment of clarity is p. 287, where he says that he arrived in... more
      • The trail to Robbers RoostBob Goodwin, Sat Feb 3 6:39am
        Here is the full quote from page 289 (Roger Pocock "Following the Frontier, 1903:" "The tract of land on top of the Orange Cliffs, entirely surrounded by canyons, can only be reached by one or two... more
        • Southwest Coloradojim lynch, Sat Feb 3 11:28am
          For anyone with an interest in that part of Colorado, starting in Grand Junction head east on hi-way 50 towards Delta. Turn south on 141 towards Whitewater and cross the Dolores River. Follow the... more
          • Unaweep CanyonBob Goodwin, Sat Feb 3 11:38am
            Jim, Unaweep is the route that Pocock took South from Grand Junction following roughly the course of route 141.
          • re: Southwest ColoradoBob Goodwin, Sat Feb 3 11:34am
            If you actually take the time to travel down there, don't forget to stop at Dove Creek for some Anasazi beans. Low on gas, and very tasty. Dove Creek is the Bean capital of the U.S.
            • re: Southwest Coloradojim lynch, Sat Feb 3 12:34pm
              I was raised in Cortez and mined uranium on Long Park near Naturita. This is pretty close to heaven!
        • Re: The trail to Robbers RoostDaniel Buck, Sat Feb 3 6:59am
          Bob, I'm not familiar with the area, that is a given. But I have read (and, alas, reread, Pocock). In the chapter from Following the Frontier (1903) under discussion, "The Trail of the Outlaw," he... more
          • re: the trailBob Goodwin, Sat Feb 3 7:42am
            Dan, Your clarity and alacrity are always astounding. Yes, you are correct, Pocock never in his narratives says that he actually visited the Roost himself. And, as you have mentioned often, in his... more
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