Clark Mountain Musings

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Restoring Johnson Shut-Ins

"Where the Black River narrows at the geological features that give Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park its name, a multitude of signs remain of the 1 billion gallons of water that spilled Dec. 14 from a nearby reservoir. Riverbanks denuded of trees, 175 feet of railing missing from a boardwalk and debris left on hillsides 50 feet above the narrowest spot on the river all speak to the power of 5 million tons of water. But the shut-ins themselves -- the chutes and potholes at a narrow spot between mountains where the Black River courses through rock 1.5 billion years old -- remain much as they have for hundreds if not thousands of years."

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