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John Wesley Powell, September 19, 2010

 Item — Object: 88

Scope and Contents

Dr. Jerry Richardson, P.E., D.WRE returned to tell "Building Kansas City" about the remarkable life of Colonel John Wesley Powell. Powell navigated small craft (often alone) down the Ohio, Mississippi, and Colorado Rivers. Powell lost his right arm in the Civil War, but went on to explore rivers and establish the science of river flow measurement (Embudo, New Mexico, birthplace of systematic stream gaging). Powell has both a postage stamp (see left) and a museum dedicated to his amazing life. 


  • September 19, 2010


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


1 Digital Files : MP3 audio file

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository