Issue Date: August 1, 1969
City: Page, AZ
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Color: Black, ocher and light blue
This stamp honors John Wesley Powell, who was the first white man to explore the Green and Colorado Rivers when he made the perilous journey along a 1,000-mile stretch of the Grand Canyon.
John Wesley Powell Explores the Grand Canyon
John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran, led two geographic explorations down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. On May 24, 1869, 10 men in four boats embarked on a journey that covered almost 1,000 miles through uncharted canyons. Three months later only 6 of the company emerged from the depths of the Grand Canyon. In 1871-72, Powell led a second expedition through the Grand Canyon. This expedition was much more successful – producing the first accurate maps of the area, and over 100 photographs.