Reston in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John Wesley Powell (1834-1902)
Explorer, Geologist, Ethnologist
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In the following years, Powell led several geologic and ethnological explorations in Arizona and Utah under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. His reports of the West contained much insightful information about Native Americans. In 1877 he published a pioneering work on Indian languages that led to his appointment in 1879 as the first Director of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, a post held simultaneously while serving as the second Director of the USGS (1881-1894). He continued to direct the Bureau of Ethnology until his death in 1902.
Powell was widely recognized
Erected by United States Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 56.899′ N, 77° 22.135′ W. Marker is in Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from U.S. Geological Survey Drive south of Sunrise Valley Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Julia Anna Gardner (1882-1960), Ph.D. (a few steps from this marker); Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. (a few steps from this marker); Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); "October Glory" Red Maple (within shouting distance of this marker); The Robert E. Simon, Jr. Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sunset Hills Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Train Wrecks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Herndon: A Summer Resort (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reston.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2019. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2019. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.