“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grand Canyon National Park in Mohave County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Separation Canyon

Separation Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
1. Separation Canyon Marker
Here on August 28 1869, Seneca Howland, O.G. Howland and William H. Dunn separated from the original Powell party, climbed to the north rim and were killed by the Indians.

For further authentic information see “Colorado River Controversies” obtainable from university libraries.

This cenotaph was placed and dedicated in 1939 by later Colorado River voyagers.
Erected 1939.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 28, 1869.
Location. 35° 49.374′ N, 113° 34.239′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Mohave County. The marker is near the Colorado River at Separation Canyon, accessible during a river rafting trip down the river. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Littlefield AZ 86432, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Regarding Separation Canyon.
On August 28, 1869, the Powell expedition had survived 99 days on the river and all of the men were low on rations. The three men decided to leave the Powell expedition not knowing only one day
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remained on the trip, and they hiked up what came to be known as Separation Canyon. Several weeks later, Powell learned that the three men had not made it out. No one is sure what happened, but one account says they encountered some Shivwits Indians who accused them of attacking one of their women.

Another group of explorers went through the Grand Canyon headed by Robert Brewster Stanton, who noticed that parts of Powell’s writings did not add up. He noticed that places and events were out of order or exaggerated. Stanton used these errors to criticize Powell in a book titled “Colorado River Controversies”. Stanton interviewed members of the Powell expedition, and interpreted the event at Separation Canyon as an unnecessary loss of life spurred by Powell’s gruff treatment of the men.
Also see . . .  Separation Rapids. Arizona State University website entry (Submitted on April 30, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Separation Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
2. Separation Canyon Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2019. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 118 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2023