Powell of the Colorado

Powell of the Colorado (HMVHT)

Location: Moapa Valley, NV 89040 Clark County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 18.455', W 114° 25.228'

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On August 30, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell landed at the mouth of the Virgin River, about 12 miles south of here, thus ending the first boat expedition through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

The expedition left Green River City, Wyoming Territory, on May 24, 1869. For three months Powell and his men endured danger and hunger to explore, survey and study the geology of the canyons along the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Exhausted and near starvation, the Powell party was warmly greeted and fed by the hardy Mormon pioneers of St. Thomas, a small farm settlement about 11 miles north of here.

The original sites of St. Thomas and the junction of the Virgin and Colorado Rivers are now beneath the waters of Lake Mead.

This, and later Powell surveys, stimulated great interest in the water conservation problems of the Southwest.
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Marker Number37
Placed ByNevada State Park System, National Park Service, Southern Nevada Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 731604 N 4021153
Decimal Degrees36.30758333, -114.42046667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 18.455', W 114° 25.228'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 18' 27.30" N, 114° 25' 13.68" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601 Echo Bay Rd, Moapa Valley NV 89040, US
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