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Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Early Explorer

 
 
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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
1. Early Explorer Marker
Inscription. This monument honors Major John Wesley Powell, the leader of the first documented expedition through Grand Canyon. Imagine entering the depths of Grand Canyon down a roaring, not-yet-charted river, not knowing whether you will emerge. Because Powell's first expedition in 1869 was more survival than science, he led a second in 1871-1872, which gave America its first geologic glimpse of the canyon.

The names Frank Goodman, William Dunn, and brothers Oramel and Seneca Howland, 1869 expedition members, are missing from this 1912 monument. All were labeled "deserters"-though not by Powell-for leaving the voyage. Goodman left after the first major rapid in northern Utah. Dunn and the Howlands left just two days before the trip's end. They attempted to climb out of the canyon, but were never heard from again.

There are great descents yet to made....maybe, we shall come to a fall...we cannot pass...where the water is so swift we cannot return...How will it be in the future!
John Wesley Powell
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 4.386′ N, 112° 9.083′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on Hermits Road, on the right when traveling east.

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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
2. Early Explorer Marker
Touch for map. Located on Powell Point off of Hermit Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hermits Road, Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orphan Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Studio (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic Kolb Studio (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mules and the Canyon (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bright Angel Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grand Canyon Village (approx. 1.2 miles away); Buckey O'Neill Cabin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lookout Studio (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Early Explorer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
3. Early Explorer Marker
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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
4. Early Explorer Marker
1869 John C. Summer Walter H. Powell C.Y. Bradley William R. Hawkins Andrew Hall 1872 A.H. Thompson F.S. Dellenbaugh John K. Hillers Stephen V. Jones W. Clement Powell Andrew J. Hattan Erected by the Congress of the United States to Major John Wesley Powell first explorer of the Grand Canyon who descended the river with his party in row-boats traversing the gorge beneath this point August 17 1869 and again September 1 1872.
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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
5. Early Explorer Marker
Losing an arm in the Civil War never slowed Powell.
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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
6. Early Explorer Marker
Powell's crew prepares to shove off at Green River Wyoming on their 1871 expedition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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