River Master: John Wesley Powell’s Legendary Explorations of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon
by Cecil Kuhne
In 1869, Civil War veteran and amputee Major John Welsey Powell led an expedition down the uncharted Colorado River through the then-nameless Grand Canyon. This is the story of what started as a geological survey, but ended in danger, chaos, and blood. The men were inexperience and ill-equipped, and they faced unimaginable peril. Along with way there was death, mutiny, and abject terror, but Powell preserved and produced a masterwork of adventure writing still held in the highest regard by the boatmen who follow his course today. With never-before-used primary sources, beautiful historical artwork, and firsthand experience navigating Powell’s legendary route, river guide and author Cecil Kuhne brings this remarkable chapter of frontier history to life.