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Near Henrieville in Garfield County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Second Powell Expedition

Charting New Territory

 

—Last Blank Spot on the Map —

 
Second Powell Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 13, 2014
1. Second Powell Expedition Marker
Inscription. In 1871, this region was part of the last uncharted territory in the continental United States. That year, Major John Wesley Powell launched the Second Powell Expedition to explore and map this frontier, continuing the work he had begun three years earlier. Powell led the expedition safely through the wild waters of the Green and Colorado rivers to the Paria River. He then instructed his brother-in-law Almon H. Thompson to lead the expedition overland to map what they called "the unknown country."

In 1872, the expedition members climbed the slippery slopes of the badlands on which you now stand. Thompson then scaled the brilliant pink formations above you to view the surrounding country. Over the next four years, Thompson's explorations filled in this last blank spot on the U.S. map. In 1879, surveyor Clarence Dutton named this spectacular landmark "Powell Point," in honor of Major Powell. Highway 12 now follows the 2nd Powell Expedition's exact route from Henrieville all the way to Head of the Rocks, east of Escalante.
 
Location. 37° 38.373′ N, 111° 50.656′ W. Marker is near Henrieville, Utah, in Garfield County. Marker is on Utah Route 12 at milepost 41, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office
Second Powell Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 13, 2014
2. Second Powell Expedition Marker
area: Henrieville UT 84736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loseeville (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Photo on the Second Powell Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Photo on the Second Powell Expedition Marker
Utah Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 13, 2014
4. Utah Badlands
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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