Green River in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
John Wesley Powell, 1871
Having learned from the hardships the first time, Powell made detailed preparations. There was more food, scientific equipment, photographic equipment, better boats, and even rubber life preservers.
The biggest change, though, was the make-up of the crew. Instead of frontiersmen, Powell's men in 1871 were primarily scientists. The roll call included: Almon Thompson, Stephen Jones, John Steward, Francis Bishop, E.O. Beaman, Walter Powell, Frederick Dellenbaugh, Andy Hattan, Frank Richardson, and Jack Hillers.
On May 22nd, 1871, almost 2 years to the day from the first trip, the men of the second Powell expedition launched from the first island west of this sign. Almost the entire town turned out for the event.
The second trip was slower than the first because of the survey work and ended in Glen Canyon (now under Lake Powell) in 1871. Some of the men returned in 1872 and continued the survey until they reached Kanab Creek, about halfway into the Grand Canyon. Because of high water that year and knowing the rapids ahead, Major Powell ended the expedition
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
Location. 41° 31.392′ N, 109° 28.319′ W. Marker is in Green River, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on South 2nd East Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 South 2nd East Street, Green River WY 82935, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Unknown (here, next to this marker); William Manly - 1849 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ashley - 1825 (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Damsite Surveys (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Wesley Powell and Party (within shouting distance of this marker); Julius Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Buzz Holstrom (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green River.
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the perimeter walking path in Island Park. Island Park occupies the northwestern end of Expedition Island and is across the bridge at the south end of South 2nd East Street.
Categories. • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.