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Efforts to find Everett Ruess proved more difficult than anticipated

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Courtesy of Bill Harris

This rock inscription of the name “Everett” was found in northern Arizona in 2013. It is similar to at least one other “Everett” inscription that has been discovered. Both are believed to have been made by Everett Ruess on earlier journeys, before his 1934 disappearance and before he began using “Nemo” as a pseudonym.

“I’ll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I’ll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.” — 1932 letter by Everett Ruess to his brother Waldo.

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Salt Lake Telegram, thorough

This photo of members of the Associated Civic Clubs of Southern Utah, along with Everett Ruess’ two burros shortly after they were recovered, appeared in the Salt Lake Telegram in late March, 1935, as the group was preparing to conduct the third search for Ruess.

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This photo of Everett Ruess accompanied an article about Ruess that appeared in the now defunct Desert Magazine in September, 1938.

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