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Mount Morris in Livingston County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Wesley Powell

 
 
John Wesley Powell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, September 9, 2022
1. John Wesley Powell Marker
Inscription.  
John Wesley Powell was born in Mount Morris, New York, 1834, the son of Joseph and Mary Powell. His father, a poor itinerant preacher, had emigrated to the U.S. from Shrewsbury, England, in 1830. His family moved westward to Jackson, Ohio, then Walworth County, Wisconsin, before settling in rural Boone County, Illinois. As a young man he undertook a series of adventures through the Mississippi River valley. In 1855, he spent four months walking across Wisconsin. During 1856, he rowed the Mississippi from St. Anthony, Minnesota, to the sea. In 1857, he rowed down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to the Mississippi River, traveling north to reach St. Louis. In 1858, he rowed down the Illinois River, then up the Mississippi and the Des Moines River to central Iowa. In 1859, at age 25, he was elected to the Illinois Natural History Society.

Education
Powell studied at Illinois College, Illinois Institute (which would later become Wheaton College), and Oberlin College, over a period of seven years while teaching, but was unable to attain his degree. During his studies Powell acquired a knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin.
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Powell had a restless nature and a deep interest in the natural sciences. This desire to learn about natural sciences was against the wishes of his father, yet Powell was still determined to do so. In 1860 when Powell was on a lecture tour, he decided that the Civil War was inevitable; he decided to study military science and engineering to prepare himself for the imminent conflict.

Expeditions
After 1867, Powell led a series of expeditions into the Rocky Mountains and around the Green and Colorado rivers. One of these expeditions was with his students and his wife, to collect specimens all over Colorado. Powell, William Byers, and five other men were the first white men to climb Longs Peak in Colorado in 1868. In 1869, he set out to explore the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Gathering nine men, four boats and food for 10 months, he set out from Green River, Wyoming, on May 24. Passing through dangerous rapids, the group passed down the Green River to its confluence with the Colorado River (then also known as the Grand River upriver from the Junction), near present-day Moab, Utah, and completed the journey on August 30, 1869.
 
Erected by Village of Mt Morris.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
 
Location. 42° 44.305′ 
John Wesley Powell Park and Boat Launch image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, September 9, 2022
2. John Wesley Powell Park and Boat Launch
The marker is on the stone
N, 77° 52.746′ W. Marker is in Mount Morris, New York, in Livingston County. Marker is on Swett Street just east of N Main Street (New York State Route 36), on the left when traveling east. Located at the John Wesley Powell Park and Boat Launch. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 Swett St, Mount Morris NY 14510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Murray Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Francis Bellamy Memorial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of De-Yu-It-Ga-Oh (approx. ¾ mile away); Burke's Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Genesee Valley Greenway (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Da-Yo-It-Ga-O" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mary S. Howell (approx. 0.9 miles away); John W. Powell (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Morris.
 
Also see . . .  John Wesley Powell (Wikipedia). (Submitted on September 15, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Looking up the Genesee River from the John Wesley Powell Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, September 9, 2022
3. Looking up the Genesee River from the John Wesley Powell Park
the highway bridge is RT36/N Main - the smaller bridge is the Genesee Valley Greenway trail crossing over the river
John Wesley Powell Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, September 9, 2022
4. John Wesley Powell Park
Kayak launch area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2022, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2022, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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