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

The Great Unknown

John Wesley Powell, 1869

 
 
The Great Unknown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. The Great Unknown Marker
Caption: Men of the second Powell Expedition camped out in Green River just before launching on May 22nd, 1871. No photo exists of the 1869 expedition.
Inscription. Teacher, Civil War veteran, scientist, and naturalist - John Wesley Powell was driven by the idea to explore the canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers.
He arranged funds, men, and equipment in the winter of 1868-1869. The expedition was sponsored by the Illinois Natural History Society and the purpose of the journey was scientific exploration.
The men accompanying Major Powell were mostly frontiersmen and Civil War veterans - Walter H. Powell, George Bradley, John Sumner, Carmel Howland, Seneca Howland, Bill Dunn, Bill Hawkins, Frank Goodman, and Andy Hall.
Their boats - Emma Dean, Maid of the Canyon, Kitty Clyde's Sister, and the No Name - were each designed to carry the men and a ton of gear and food.
Amid fanfare, celebration and trepidation, the group started off from a point about 1/4 mile upstream this sign to explore the "great unknown" on May 24th, 1869.
Half-starved and worn out, Powell and five remaining men reached the Virgin River three months later. Frank Goodman, left the party in Utah; Bill Dunn and the Howland brothers left the group in the Grand Canyon and were killed by Indians on the South Rim.
Far from being satisfied, John Wesley Powell soon began making plans for a return trip two years later.
 
Erected by Green River Greenbelt
The Great Unknown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. The Great Unknown Marker
This marker is on the left.
and City of Green River.
 
Location. 41° 31.391′ N, 109° 28.316′ W. Marker is in Green River, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from South 2nd East Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398, Green River WY 82935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wesley Powell, 1871 (here, next to this marker); William Manly - 1849 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ashley - 1825 (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Wesley Powell and Party (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Damsite Surveys (within shouting distance of this marker); Buzz Holstrom (within shouting distance of this marker); Julius Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green River.
 
More about this marker. 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.
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
John Wesley Powell's statue in front of Sweetwater County Museum image. Click for full size.
By Lithograph, circa 1869
3. John Wesley Powell's statue in front of Sweetwater County Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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