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National Parks Store: Film–Lost in the Grand Canyon

In 1869, John Wesley Powell’s expedition set float from Green River (Wyoming Territory). Nearly 100 days later they arrive, with three fewer men, in present-day Nevada. This is their story.

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The Spanish explorer Coronado glimpsed the Grand Canyon in 1540, but the Grand Canyon would remain unmapped territory for over 300 years. Not until 1869, when a thirty-five year-old, one-armed Civil War veteran led an expedition down the Colorado River to map the last unchartered territory in the United States. John Wesley Powell and his party of nine set float on the Green River (Wyoming Territory) in the spring of ’69, and almost 100 days later the beleaguered expedition arrived, with three fewer men, in present-day Nevada.

This episode in the American Experience series provides an account of the dramatic quest to explore one of the most unforgiving and breathtakingly beautiful places on earth. Powell and company set out on a leisurely ten-month journey to map the canyon, but when one of their boats overturns and the expedition loses part of its food supply, the journey turns into an adventure for survival.

Showings at 12 PM & 2 PM.

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Event Tags: Arizona, educational, film, free, history, the West

Saturday, July 23, 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

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