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A Look Back: Explorer John Wesley Powell

First Published Jan 17 2014 07:31AM      Last Updated Oct 27 2014 01:52 pm

A group of Utah State Highway officials ride the Hite ferryboat across the Colorado River during its last ""official"" day of operation before the site was covered by the rising waters of Lake Powell a few days later. Lake Powell's namesake, John Wesley Powell, was a soldier who lost his arm in the Civil War, and went on to become a geology professor, American Indian expert, western conservation advocate, and an explorer who's most famous expedition was a 900-mile journey on the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1870.

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

 

 

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