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

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Thorndike Press, 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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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

An extremely detailed and readable account of Powell's 1869 trek, drawing on the contemporary and later writings of the participants. While the text tends to get a bit monotonous after a while (bacon ... Read full review

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User Review  - BradKautz - LibraryThing

Down the Great Unknown is the story of one of the great adventures of US history, the 1869 expedition to explore the Green and Colorado Rivers, led by John Wesley Powell. Ten men entered the Green ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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

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