Country Never Yet Trod: William Lewis Manly’s Voyage Down the Green River, traces Manly’s little-known descent of the Green River, twenty years before John Wesley Powell’s famous first expedition, followed by his overland trek through some of the most desolate stretches of Utah. Previous scholarship has Manly floating only 292 miles to the Uinta Basin, but as he researched, Kane became convinced Manley went 150 miles further, all the way to what is now Green River, Utah. To prove it, he did all the primary research he could, and then he built his own wooden canoes and made the trip himself, tracing Manly’s footsteps and comparing notes with the earlier traveler. This book lays out Manly’s story, interspersed with Kane’s journal entries and photographs documenting his own trip.
Michael Kane received his BS, MS, and Ph.D from the University of Utah, studying recreation and hospitality management. Under his direction, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has been awarded one of the top 6 adventure resorts in America by U.S. News and World Report. He is also an instructor and and a former director of basketball operations for the University of Utah, and an advisory council member to the University of Utah Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
His research into the historical documents from the 1800s to present, and then his experiences following the trail of William Lewis Manly in a dug out wood canoe and on foot, helps him recreate routes taken, hardships shared, and the benevolent brotherhood demonstrated by these American 49ers and Native Americans Indians they encountered. Kane lives in the Zion country of Southern Utah.