John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell:

It was 1869. Ten men in four boats were about to embark on a journey that would cover almost 1,000 miles through uncharted canyons and change the west forever. Three months later only five of the original company plus their one-armed Civil War hero leader would emerge from the depths of the Grand Canyon at the mouth of the Virgin River.

Thirty five-year-old Major John Wesley Powell was that expedition’s leader. From early childhood Powell manifested deep interest in all natural phenomena. Original and self-reliant to a remarkable degree, he early undertook collecting and exploring trips quite unusual for a youth of his age, and studied botany, zoology, and geology wholly without the aid of a teacher.

Read: The Exploration Of The Colorado River and Its Canyons


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2 Responses to John Wesley Powell

  1. newgrass August 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    Can you imagine that being your reality? Very fascinating. Love the pics.


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