Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 18

This Day in History: Three Leave Powell’s Grand Canyon Expedition.

On this day in 1869, three men decided to leave Powell’s expedition of the Grand Canyon and brave the lands above the canyon rather than brave the rapids of the Colorado River that were coming the next day.

John Wesley Powell and his men make it through the rapids and come out on the other side of the canyon that next day. The three men that went above were not as lucky. They ran into Indians and were killed. This however, ensured that Powell’s next expedition was well funded where this one was not.

Some of the rapid before were pretty bad and the rapids ahead were apparently worse, the three men that went above didn’t think the wooden boats would survive the rapids so they planned to go on foot instead.  This turned out to be a huge mistake. Of course the men didn’t know this at the time or they may have made a different decision.

Because of this expedition and the one’s that followed, the Grand Canyon is the place it is today. These brave men went in to see what they could see and came out on the other side. The Grand Canyon today is a huge tourist area because the views are amazing and the landscape is so pure.

Have a great day!


17 thoughts on “Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 18

  1. I love reading this with a history lesson, so cool. I would have to check the book and add it to my reading this. thanks, you for sharing this.

  2. This is so interesting. I never knew this. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon too. I think it would be an amazing experience.

  3. My family and I love going to the Grand Canyon. How easy it is to forget that long ago the expeditions were very dangerous. I probably would have taken the land route not knowing what fate lies ahead.

  4. Wow! I would really love to go and visit Grand Canyon! Such a really amazing and a wonderful experience!

  5. My second oldest flew into the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. I thought that was pretty amazing. I have flown by it in a jet, but never anything close enough to appreciate the scenery

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