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Green River in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

John Wesley Powell, 1871

 
 
John Wesley Powell, 1871 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. John Wesley Powell, 1871 Marker
Caption: Posing for a final picture in their boats, the second Powell Expedition prepares to launch.
Inscription.  Even before the end of the 1869 voyage, Powell knew he had to return to the river. The news of Powell's first expedition of 1869 captured the nation's imagination and admiration; and also helped persuade Congress to appropriate $10,000 for the second trip.
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
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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 - his river explorations were done.
 
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 22, 1871.
 
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. Touch for directions.
 
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
John Wesley Powell, 1871 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. John Wesley Powell, 1871 Marker
This marker is on the right.
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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.
 
The 1871 Colorado River Expedition read to depart. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Grand Canyon National Park Museum, circa 1871
3. The 1871 Colorado River Expedition read to depart.
John Wesley Powell image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, March 12, 2016
4. John Wesley Powell
This 1889 portrait of Major John Wesley Powell by Edmund C. Messer hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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