J.W. POWELL EXPLORES THE GRAND CANYON!
The Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, Ohio
Monday, September 30, 1869
A front page report titled: “THE POWELL EXPEDITION. What it Saw and Did,” is the synopsis of a conversation with Major Powell who had just returned from his Colorado River adventure. In part, “The walls of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado have a granite base, the floor of the river being granite, and they are surmounted by marble cliffs…This canyon extends to Spanish Valley, about forty miles from the mouth of the Virgen, and the party were upward of three weeks in traveling it.”
Major Powell had a theory that the Colorado River preceded the canyons that surround it, and theorized that the river cut them as the plateau rose. This idea was proposed in 1869 when precious little was known about the geology of the area. Powell’s Grand Canyon expedition set out with discovery in mind, and has become a topic of great interest and conversation for Grand Canyon visitors over the years. (I’ve explored the Canyon twice, and hope to return before too long–it’s just breathtaking)! A portion of the IMAX video recreates the Powell Expedition.
Four very large pages, chock full with news both national and local, great ads (some illustrated), and all from Cincinnati in 1869. You’ll read this one night after night! Reports about the Powell Expedition and the early exploration of the Grand Canyon are not common–this is the first one I’ve ever owned!