What's in a Name? John Wesley Powell and his Influence on the Naming of the American West Mark Law The story of John Wesley Powell continues to captivate the interest of people throughout the world. His legacy of explorations, scientific discovery, land and water management philosophies, and bureaucratic competency continue to hold him in high regard with the American public, best illustrated this year by the 150th anniversary celebration of his 1869 explorations of the Green and Colorado Rivers. This lecture will explore the influence that Powell had on the naming of the unique features of the Colorado Plateau and the lasting influence of the programs and surveys conducted under his leadership. The origin of local and regional place names will be discussed with an emphasis on their initial connection to JW Powell and the significant contributors to his legacy including Almond Thompson, Clarence Dutton, John C. Hillers, William Henry Holmes, and Francois Mathis.
The Powell Women: Out of the Shadows
Major John Wesley Powell's aura overshadowed that of the women in his family. The 150th anniversary of his seminal trip through Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Centennial, and the Powell Museum's Golden Anniversary is a perfect time to remember them. Wife Emma Dean followed her husband to the battlefields of the Civil War and far-flung corners of the West. Sister Ellen accompanied her explorer husband A.H. Thompson on the Powell Survey, collecting botanical specimens. Daughter Mary Dean, born in Salt Lake City during her father's second canyon expedition, lived in a tent house for the first months of her life near the new frontier outpost of Kanab, Utah. We'll discover more about the rest of these women's lives and their impact on their world in tonight's talk.