John Wesley Powell

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

JOHN WESLEY POWELL

(explorer)

BIOGRAPHY

Born March 24, 1834 in Mount Morris, New York.

Died September 23, 1902 at the age of 68.


EXPLORATION CHRONOLOGY

Early Expeditions

From 1867, Powell led a series of expeditions into the Rocky Mountains and around the Green and Colorado rivers.

1869 Expedition

5/24/1869: Started from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory (now Green River, Wyoming).

7/6/1869: Frank Goodman, an Englishman, left the expedition claiming he'd had more than enough adventure. He walked away and lived for some years with the Paiutes of eastern Utah. Eventually, he settled in Vernal, Utah, where he was married and raised a family.

8/28/1869: O. G. Howland, his brother Seneca, and Bill Dunn left the company, fearing they could not survive the dangers of the river much longer. They hiked out of the canyon and were killed, it is generally believed, by local Shivwits Indians in a case of mistaken identity.

8/13/1869: Powell and the remain men of his party completed the journey.

1871-1872 Expedition

TBD


PHOTOS

John Wesley Powell with an Indian
John Wesley Powell with an Indian

Other photos on the web:
Collected photos of John Wesley Powell


REFERENCES

Wikipedia article on John Wesley Powell

Utah History to Go article on John Wesley Powell

Encyclopaedia Britannica article on John Wesley Powell

Story of Major John Wesley Powell

PBS article on John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Green River, Utah

Powell Museum, Page, Arizona

Book: "Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries"
Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872 Under the Direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
By John Wesley Powell
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875
To download a copy, click here (large file, may take a while).