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Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 7:52 am on Oct 24, 2009

Letters Received by John Wesley Powell,
Director of the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, 1869-79
Call Number: Microfilm 912
Location: Bizzell Memorial Library (Main) (Microforms Area)

Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 7:50 am on Oct 24, 2009

A river running west the life of John Wesley Powell Change Display
Worster, Donald, 1941-
Personal Author: Worster, Donald, 1941-
Title: A river running west the life of John Wesley Powell / Donald Worster.
Publication info: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Physical descrip: xiii, 673 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents Note: Machine generated contents note: Part One: Northern Days -- 1 A MISSION TO AMERICA -- 2 RISING ON THE PRAIRIE -- 3 THE HORNETS' NEST OF WAR -- Part Two: Canyons of the Colorado -- 4 WESTWARD THE NATURALIST -- 5 DOWN THE GREAT UNKNOWN -- 6 SURVEYING THE HIGH PLATEAUS -- 7 KAPURATS -- 8 THE SUBLIMEST THING ON EARTH -- 9 DEMOCRACY ENCOUNTERS THE DESERT -- 10 MYTHS AND MAPS -- 11 REDEEMING THE EARTH -- 12 THE PROBLEM OF THE WEST -- 13 JOURNEY'S END -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Held by: BIZZELL
Personal subject: Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902.
Subject term: Explorers--United States--Biography.
Subject term: Conservationists--United States--Biography.
Geographic term: Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Discovery and exploration.
Geographic term: Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Discovery and exploration.
Geographic term: West (U.S.)--Discovery and exploration.

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