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The promise of the Grand Canyon : John Wesley Powell's perilous journey and his vision for the American West / John F. Ross ; map illustrations by Jeffrey L. Ward.

Ross, John F., 1958- (author.). Ward, Jeffrey L., (cartographer.).

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When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier -- the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon. Powell was a scientist, bureaucrat, and land-management pioneer who began a national conversation about sustainable development when most everyone else still looked upon land as an inexhaustible resource. Though he supported irrigation and dams, his prescient warnings forecast the 1930s dust bowl and the growing water scarcities of today. Practical, yet visionary, Powell didn't have all the answers, but was first to ask the right questions.
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Baker County Library 978.02 .R824p 2018 (Text) 37814003348365 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 06/10/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525429876
  • ISBN: 0525429875
  • Physical Description: xv, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-365) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Into the cauldron -- Osage oranges and pink muckets -- Thinking bayonets -- First thoughts west -- Descent -- The canyon -- Encore -- Fighting the national surveys -- A radical idea -- Taking over Washington -- A tough opponent -- Last stand -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier -- the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon. Powell was a scientist, bureaucrat, and land-management pioneer who began a national conversation about sustainable development when most everyone else still looked upon land as an inexhaustible resource. Though he supported irrigation and dams, his prescient warnings forecast the 1930s dust bowl and the growing water scarcities of today. Practical, yet visionary, Powell didn't have all the answers, but was first to ask the right questions.
Subject: Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 > Biography.
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 > Travel > Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Canyons > Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) > History > 19th century.
Explorers > West (U.S.)
Soldiers > United States > Biography.
Scientists > United States > Biography.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) > Discovery and exploration.
West (U.S.) > Discovery and exploration.
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5050 . ‡aIntroduction -- Into the cauldron -- Osage oranges and pink muckets -- Thinking bayonets -- First thoughts west -- Descent -- The canyon -- Encore -- Fighting the national surveys -- A radical idea -- Taking over Washington -- A tough opponent -- Last stand -- Epilogue.
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