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January 06, 2009 3:38 am

From 1909-2009: Powell celebrates a century

Written by Tribune Staff

The new year promises to be a significant one for Powell as the community celebrates its centennial.


Over the past year, the Powell Centennial Committee began prepping for the milestone with a lecture series and other events. This year, much more is planned — gatherings, lectures, a beard contest in honor of the town's namesake, John Wesley Powell, and a calendar featuring 365 interesting tidbits of Powell history.

Each issue of the Powell Tribune in 2009 will carry one of those notable facts on the front page.

Powell's Centennial is a chance for its residents — present and former — to reflect on the people and events that have shaped Powell since its inception.

Those events include the oil discovery in Elk Basin, the completion of the Buffalo Bill Dam, the establishment of local schools and the development of homesteads and businesses.

People shaping Powell's history include the internationally acclaimed W. Edwards Deming, a 1917 Powell High School graduate who helped raise Japan to a world economic power, and the infamous bank robber Earl Durand.

As Powell celebrates its centennial during the next 12 months, residents will have opportunities to learn about its history, appreciate the community for what it has become and establish a foundation for its next 100 years.