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!