“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Overton in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Powell of the Colorado

Powell of the Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2011
1. Powell of the Colorado Marker
Inscription. On August 30, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell landed at the mouth of the Virgin River, about 12 miles south of here, thus ending the first boat expedition through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

The expedition left Green River City, Wyoming Territory, on May 24, 1869. For three months Powell and his men endured danger and hunger to explore, survey and study the geology of the canyons along the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Exhausted and near starvation, the Powell party was warmly greeted and fed by the hardy Mormon pioneers of St. Thomas, a small farm settlement about 11 miles north of here.

The original sites of St. Thomas and the junction of the Virgin and Colorado Rivers are now beneath the waters of Lake Mead.

This, and later Powell surveys, stimulated great interest in the water conservation problems of the Southwest.
Erected by Nevada State Park System, National Park Service, Southern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 37.)
Location. 36° 18.455′ N, 114° 25.228′ W. Marker is near Overton, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Echo Bay Road. Click for map. Marker is on the far east side of the boat launch parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Overton NV 89040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Powell of the Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2011
2. Powell of the Colorado Marker
Lake Mead can be seen in the background.
At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arrowhead Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); In Memory of Sergeant John J. Clark (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Cabins (approx. 9.2 miles away); Valley of Fire (approx. 9.9 miles away); Nevada’s First State Park (approx. 9.9 miles away); Beehives (approx. 10.2 miles away); Atlatl Rock (approx. 10.8 miles away); Silica Dome (approx. 11.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Overton.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A monument located at the starting point of the Powell Expedition in Green River, Wy.
Also see . . .
1. The Powell Expedition. The Powell Expedition began its momentous journey in Green River City in Wyoming on May 24, 1869. Assembled there were the crew, the boats and all of the supplies necessary for a three month trip down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the then unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. (Submitted on September 2, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 

2. Major John Wesley Powell. The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum offers his biography along with photos and additional information. (Submitted on September 10, 2011.) 

3. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the
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By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2011
3. Powell of the Colorado Marker
text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to this marker for grammar, readability, and content. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
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Major John Wesley Powell image. Click for full size.
4. Major John Wesley Powell
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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