Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition.
On May 24, 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. The Grand Canyon, not explored before, was as mysterious as Atlantis – and as perilous. The 10 men set out from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory, down the Colorado in four wooden rowboats. Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona.
Lewis and Clark opened the West in 1803; six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the Wests last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a thrilling journey, a cast of memorable heroes – all these mark Down the Great Unknown, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.
Narrator: Danny Campbell
Duration: 13 hours 3 minutes
Released: 19 Nov 2006