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By Mark Dykes

Wells reflects on races


Photo courtesy of John Wells

John Wells, right, and a 60-year-old man compete in a race along the river through Wind River Canyon. The man saw Wells starting the race alone and offered to join him, though they had to stop later when the volunteer got too cold.

For a few years in the late '40s and early '50s, Wind River Canyon was more than just a scenic spot for fishing. It was home to the annual Memorial Day Wind River Canyon boat race, with competitors braving a 12-mile stretch of white water. Among them was John Wells.

Wells, who lived at Timberlin...

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