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J.W. Powell's Exploration of the Colorado River: Powell Resources

This guide features resource links for materials related to John Wesley Powell's 1869 exploration of the Colorado River.

About the Powell Expedition


In 1869, John Wesley Powell led the first scientific exploration of the Colorado River. The geologic expedition and Powell's influence would help create the United States Geological Survey and the Bureau of American Ethnology. Check out the display in the Government Information Department on the Library's Lower Level featuring government documents commemorating the 1869 exploration. 

Utah is celebrating the Powell expedition all year. Interactive activities are available in person and online. Check out the links below. 

Digital Versions of Materials Displayed in the Government Information Department

Online Resources for the Powell Sesquicentennial Celebration

Your Librarian

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Jen Kirk
Merril-Cazier Library, Lower Level, Room 012
(435) 797-8033

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