Topical History

History of Rafting

Rafting is one of the earliest forms of transportation. Rivers were there before roads so this was path of least resistance in the very early days of civilization. Used for transporting both people and goods along trade routes rafts were indispensable at one time. The first rubber raft was believed to have been invented by Lt. John Fremont and Horace Day of the US Army about 1840. Their raft was made to explore and map the Rocky mountains and plains of the US frontier. It wasn't until the 1960 and 70s that white water rafting took off as a tourist enterprise. Rafting has now become an Olympic sport being featured in the infamous 1972 Munich games, 1992 in Barcelona and at the Ocoee River in the Tennessee Valley in the 1996 USA hosted Olympics.