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JOHN WESLEY POWELL MUSEUM

The John Wesley Powell Museum is located in Page, Arizona.  Hours are 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.  MST  Monday-Friday.  Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 62 and older, $1 for children age 5-12, and free for those younger than 5.  An oversized yet accurate replica of the long boat used by Powell on the Colorado River is on the front lawn of the museum.  It was named after Powell's wife, Emma Dean.  In 1860 during the Civil War, Powell enlisted in the 20th Illinois Volunteers.  He took part in the battle of Shiloh losing his right arm at Pittsburg Landing.  He was later promoted to Major and made chief of artillery of the 17th Army Corps.  Powell left the Army at the end of the war and assumed the position of geology professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  On one of his field trips out west, he began to formulate his idea of exploring the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.  On May 24, 1869, Powell and nine others began his first exploration of the Grand Canyon and several months later he emerged a hero at what is now Lake Meade.  Powell promptly hit the lecture circuit and began raising funds for a second expedition, which began in 1871 and produced a map of the Grand Canyon.  In 1881 he assumed the directorship of the U. S. Geological Survey until his retirement thirteen years later.  Powell died at his summer home in Haven, Maine, on September 23, 1902.  The museum has sketches, photos, and memorabilia of Powell's epic Colorado River voyages, a unique collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts, numerous exhibits on the geology of the canyons cut by the Colorado, and a book store and gift shop.  For more information, visit their website at:  http://powellmuseum.org/


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