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.
Location. 37° 38.373′ N, 111° 50.656′ W. Marker is near Henrieville, Utah, in Garfield County. Marker is on Utah Route 12 at milepost 41, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loseeville (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 50 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.