Powell Survey of Colorado River Continued

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United States Congress appropriates $12,000 for continuing the 1869-1872 survey of the Colorado River by John Wesley Powell, under direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian. The expedition surveyed the geology, ethnography, and natural history of the region.


  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The first volume of the exploration of the Colorado River and its tributaries is published by the Department of the Interior, as noted in the Annual Report for 1875 (p.17).
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 642-643, 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1871, p. 26-27
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901., p. 686
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 17

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


March 3, 1871


  • Discovery and exploration
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geology
  • Finance
  • Natural History
  • Secretaries
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnology
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Anthropology)
  • Natural history


  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • United States
  • America

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