Down the Great Unknown

Down the Great Unknown

John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

Book - 2001
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Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition.

On May 24, 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. The Grand Canyon, not explored before, was as mysterious as Atlantis--and as perilous. The ten men set out from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory down the Colorado in four wooden rowboats. Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona.

Lewis and Clark opened the West in 1803, six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the West's last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a thrilling journey, a cast of memorable heroes--all these mark Down the Great Unknown, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060196196
Characteristics: viii, 367 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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maplesugarkat Sep 27, 2011

Fabulous river expedition, Jon Krakauer would love it since these guys in 1869 went kayaking down Grand Canyon without knowing how to boat, and John Wesley Powell only had one arm (lost the other at Shiloh). Great read, you find out how to best drown in rapids.


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