Georgie White © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Georgie White was the first woman to swim the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and the first woman to ride the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on a rubber raft. She started her own white water rafting company which took clients down the river and was actively conducting these tours until a few years before her death at 81 in 1992. Her trademarks on the trips were leopard patterned swimsuits, canned food and plenty of cold beer. The Grand Canyon is a place of awe and mystery, as is the life of Georgie White Clark (her surnames, White and Clark, belonged to previous husbands). She had a daughter when she was 17 and the two became very close until her daughter was killed in a hit-and-run accident at 15. Georgie worked through her grief by hiking in desolate areas of Arizona and Utah with a friend and eventually she and her friend discovered the excitement of the Colorado River.

After Georgie's death, when her friends and business associates were going through her things, they discovered still more mysteries. The name on her birth certificate was Bessie DeRoss. They also found a marriage certificate belonging to a couple named Bessie and Glen Hyde, who had vanished on their honeymoon in1928 when they floated down the Colorado River in a wooden boat. There was also a pistol in one of Georgie's drawers which looked like a pistol the missing couple had taken with them. It has never been proven that Georgie White and Besse Hyde are one and the same.

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