In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cass Hite was a well-kwn prospector in the Glen Canyon area of southern Utah. He lived as a recluse yet knew most of the river runners, trekkers, cowboys, and Native Americans that passed through the region. He often wrote to newspapers and was in turn sought out by reporters for his vibrant comments. Hite followed the trail of gold and silver to destinations throughout the West-a time recounted in a memoir he penned in rhyming verse. After his death, his name remained prominent in the region; the nearby Hite Marina kept his name in the public eye for thousands of boaters. Despite this toriety, one has written a full-length, scholarly account of Hite's life. This biography fills that void, detailing Hite's story from his birth in central Illiis in 1845 to his death in Glen Canyon in 1914. It corrects some of the long-accepted stories about Hite and puts others in their proper perspective, while revealing new information. Scores of photographs and excerpts from Hite's own writing further illuminate this colorful prospector's life.
Missouri native James Knipmeyer has been hiking and backpacking in southern Utah and northern Arizona for over fifty years and has published numerous articles about the region's history. His books include Butch Cassidy: Historic Inscriptions of the Colorado Plateau, In Search of a Lost Race: The Illustrated Exploring Expedition of 1892, and Joe Duckett: The Hermit of Montezuma Canyon.