WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
JOHN WESLEY POWELL
BIOGRAPHYBorn March 24, 1834 in Mount Morris, New York.
Died September 23, 1902 at the age of 68.
EXPLORATION CHRONOLOGYEarly Expeditions
From 1867, Powell led a series of expeditions into the Rocky Mountains and around the Green and Colorado rivers.
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.
John Wesley Powell with an Indian
Other photos on the web:
Collected photos of John Wesley Powell
REFERENCESWikipedia 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
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