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Canyons of the Colorado

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Since we left the Colorado Chiquito we have seen no evidences that the tribe of Indians inhabiting the plateaus on either side ever come down to the river; but about eleven o'clock to-day we discover an Indian garden at the foot of the wall on the right, just where a little stream with a narrow flood plain comes down through a side canyon. Along the valley the Indians have ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1895)
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Daniel Routledge
At times a monumentally tedious book accounting geology, the true merit really shines through with further reading around Powell's life and circumstances. The fact he describes the area upstream of Glen Canyon as such a place of beauty really brings to light how modernisation has thrown aside the natural world, and therein lies the true worth of this read. It's not fluid to read, but if you persevere the poetry of his writing that you'll catch glimpses of make ot worthwhile. Furthermore, its a g ...more
Graham Mcmillan
This book was listed on a list of some of the 100 best adventure travel books written. I don't think it quite ranked there. Yes this is the incredible story of the first (surviving) explorers of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, which was a terrifying journey of high courage in the face of the unknown. And the writing was actually quite good in parts. Unfortuantely it wasn't very consistent, with large sections devoted to the geology of the canyons, and other sections to the Indian li ...more
David
Should have read this all those years when I lived in Utah and could have gone to see these sights (to the extent they are not under water).
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John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first passage of European Americans through the Grand Canyon.

Powell served as second director of the US Geological Survey (18
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“The Grand Canyon is a gorge 217 miles in length, through which flows a great river with many storm-born tributaries. It” 0 likes
“On my return from the first exploration of the canyons of the Colorado, I found that our journey had been the theme of much newspaper writing. A story of disaster had been circulated, with many particulars of hardship and tragedy, so that it was currently believed throughout the United States that all the members of the party were lost save one. A good friend of mine had gathered a great number of obituary notices, and it was interesting and rather flattering to me to discover the high esteem in which I had been held by the people of the United States. In my supposed death I had attained to a glory which I fear my continued life has not fully vindicated.” 0 likes
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