New from Arcadia Publishing is Powell, by local author Jeremy M. Johnston. Boasting more than 200 vintage black-and-white photographs, Powell offers a fascinating look at the establishment and growth of Powell from its early beginnings as a Reclamation Camp named Camp Colter to the flourishing community it is today.
By 1909, the completion of the Garland Canal brought water to the arid lands in the central Bighorn Basin, transforming the high plains desert into irrigated farmland. Homesteaders and businessmen poured into the region and established the town of Powell, named after famed government explorer John Wesley Powell. Residents of Powell worked through the years to overcome a variety of obstacles and establish a vibrant and lasting community that would continue to bloom in the arid landscape.
The author hopes “the story of Powell’s past accomplishments and struggles will inform and inspire its current and future residents, ensuring yet another hundred years of Powell’s continued community success.”
Highlights of Powell:
• Photos from the Homesteader Museum, the Park County Archives, the Shoshone Irrigation District Archives, Northwest College and the First National Bank A. G. Lucier Collection
• The community tragedy of the Earl Durand saga
• The active community life of Powell including Fourth of July Celebrations, parades, picnics and the Park County Fair
• The evolution of land-use in the Bighorn Basin from the Plains Indians to an agricultural economy established by European settlers
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