Good Morning Fellow Prescottonians. I write this letter to the editor to encourage you to join me in the people’s effort to “Save the Dells.”
Some pieces of land are just worthy of saving. In 1908, President, Theodore Roosevelt urged Americans to: “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it.
But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” Like the Grand Canyon. Like the Dells.
We are informed that this land is privately owned. Yes, and so it is and so it has been all these years. Despite the fact that the Dells property was also previously held by private owners, they were Arizonans/Prescottonians who loved and preserved as much of the land as they were able. They had the ecological sense to keep the land as it was created and they allowed public use of it. Contrast that with ‘development’ that requires lots of blasting that will not only topple targeted formations but destabilize others.
Prescott’s Dells have been in movies, Time magazine, and photographs world-wide. Is blasting to bits a piece of ancient, iconic geology really the way Prescott wants to be known? There remains just a small window of opportunity for the Dells to be preserved. It will take all of our voices.