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John Wesley Powell: soldier, explorer, scientist

January 1, 1969

One hundred years ago John Wesley Powell and nine adventure-seeking companions completed the first exploration of the dangerous and almost uncharted canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers. By this trip, Powell, a 35-year old teacher of natural history, apparently unhampered by the lack of his right forearm (amputated after the Battle of Shiloh) opened up a large unknown part of continental United States and brought to a climax the era of western exploration.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1970
Title John Wesley Powell: soldier, explorer, scientist
DOI 10.3133/70039264
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Series Title General Information Product
Index ID 70039264
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries