180 years ago today - Mar 24, 1834

John Wesley Powell was born 24 March 1834 at Mount Morris in western New York state. His parents moved to Illinois, where he was educated at Wheaton and Oberlin colleges. He became interested in botany and geology at an early age, and began geological work with a series of field trips, including a trip the length of the Mississippi River in a rowboat; he also traveled the Ohio and Illinois rivers.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: John Wesley Powell, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

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