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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
Series Number
Index ID 70039264
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries