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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On May 24, 1869, John Wesley Powell and a band of nine volunteer frontiersmen embarked from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory, in four wooden boats. The one-armed Union veteran and geology ... Read full review

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

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