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Includes photos of Ruth Rigg, Jim and Barbara Rigg, Bob and Roberta Rigg, Jack Rigg, Bill Hargleroad, Jr.
Image Gallery - Rigg Brothers River Expeditions
Rigg brothers featured in newspaper and magazine articles
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Various newspaper articles featuring Rigg brothers on the river. Most are from the private clippings collection of Bob Rigg and do not have publication information.
1950 to 1952 - Mexican Hat River Expeditions , annual letters and journal to passengers and marketing information, many references to Jim, Bob, and Jack Rigg
1952 - Rapids Ahead by Paul Wright, features Colorado River trip with Jim and Barbara Rigg, Bob and Roberta Rigg
1952 Glen Canyon Voyage, article and photos, Bob Rigg as boatman, references to Jim Rigg and Mexican Hat Expeditions
1966 We Ran A River, article in Western Gateways magazine, features Grand Canyon trip with Barry Goldwater, presidential candidate, and Bob Rigg as boatman, Gay Stavely, expedition leader.
1994 Interview with Bob Rigg, USGS Old-Timers River Runners' Oral History Project
1994 - Boatman's Quarterly Review, interview with Tad Nichols. Wonderful descriptions of what it was like to be a passenger with Jim and Bob Rigg as boatmen; also, has a colorful story of Jim, Jack, and Bob breaking out into song with "Rapids ahead, yippee-aye-oh" to the tune of Ghost Riders in the Sky.
The Emerald Mile, story of the 1983 Colorado River speed run that finally broke the speed record made in 1951 by Jim and Bob Rigg. This segment describes the 1951 speed run.
High, Wide, and Handsome -- The River Journals of Norman D. Nevills
Private collection of Robert W. Rigg, Sr.
Private collection of Jill Rigg Johnson
University of Northern Arizona archives
Colorado Plateau Digital Archives
Videos of Rigg Brothers on the Colorado River
1949, 1950, and 1951 compiled footage of Rigg brothers' river trips, narrated by Bob Rigg (90 minutes)
1949 Nevills Expedition with Jim Rigg as one of the boatmen, Ruth Rigg and Bill Hargleroad as a passenger (73 minutes)