Near Henrieville in Garfield County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Second Powell Expedition
Charting New Territory
— Last Blank Spot on the Map —
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrieville UT 84736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granary in the Cliffs (approx. 9.8 miles away); Loseeville (approx. 11.2 miles away); Minerals in the Mesas (approx. 11.3 miles away); Stories of Promise Rock (approx. 11.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.