One Hundred Years Ago John Wesley Powell Set Out To Explore The Grand Canyon Of The Colorado Something No Man Had Attempted Before His Official Report Of The Voyage Remains One Of The Great Adventure Stories In All The Literature Of The American West
John Wesley Powell 1834 1902 was a U S soldier, geologist, and explorer of the American West He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first passage through the Grand Canyon He studied at Illinois College, Wheaton College, and Oberlin College, acquiring a knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin but never graduating He was elected to the Illinois Natural History Society in 1859 Due to his deep Protestant beliefs, and his social commitments, his loyalties remained with the Union, and the cause of abolishing slavery He enlisted in the Union army as a topographer and military engineer In 1881 he became the second director of the U S Geological Survey, a post he held until 1894 He was also the director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution until his death.
- Down the Colorado: Diary of the First Trip Through the Grand Canyon
- John Wesley Powell
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