Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

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Thorndike Press, Apr 1, 2002 - History - 751 pages
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On May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest of the American West. No one had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon: to adventurers of that era it was a region almost as mysterious as Atlantis - and as perilous.

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Review: Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

User Review  - C Miller - Goodreads

Absolutely riveting. Like many others, read this while doing a tour of the National Parks in Utah and Colorado. Fascinating as a narrative of the expedition and as a portrait of Powell. Well worth ... Read full review

Review: Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

User Review  - Richard Curry - Goodreads

This book is part Civil War history (battle of Shiloh, where Powell became an amputee of one arm: yes a one-arm man led the expedition!), part explanation of the geology and theology 19th Century ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Edward Dolnick is the former chief science writer at the Boston Globe.

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