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  - Toph White - Goodreads

Great recounting and well researched story of a ridiculous adventure during the last great exploration of the west. Read full review

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

User Review  - Oyster - Goodreads

Before we started sending our kids down the Grand Canyon on donkeys, the Arizona territory was a frightful unknown. In 1869, one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell decided to brave the narrow ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

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

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