A Look Back: Explorer John Wesley Powell
Published: January 18, 2014 04:56PM
Updated: July 12, 2014 04:15PM
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Painter Thomas Moran and New York Times writer J.E. Colburn in Southeastern Utah with a young Paiute child in 1873 while traveling with John Wesley Powell and his expedition. J.E. Colburn was travelling with the survey expedition to record his impressions of the southwest for a chapter in William Cullen Bryan’s Picturesque American. Thomas Moran’s vision of the Western landscape was critical to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. His artwork was presented to members of Congress by park proponents. These powerful images of Yellowstone fired the imagination and helped inspire Congress to establish the National Park System in 1916.

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features photos of Major John Wesley Powell. Powell was a soldier who lost his arm in the Civil War, a geology professor, American Indian expert, western conservation advocate, and an explorer who's most famous expeditions were on the Green and Colorado Rivers into the Grand Canyon in 1870.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback. Here is a sampling:

Christmas in Utah through the years

Prominent artists from early Utah

Utah firefighters at the turn of the 19th century

Historic bars and saloons in Utah

Early settlers in Idaho

The 1988 Yellowstone fire

Early Utah mansions and homesteads

Pony Express, postal service and telegraph in Utah

The mining ghost town of Mercur

Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Historic buildings in Utah

30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

Historic photos of Temple Square