About Green River
Green River is one of the early settlements of Wyoming. It was incorporated in 1868 and already had a population of 2000 people when railroad reached it. The railroad had planned a division point at Green River, but because of the city being here they selected a point 11 miles to the west, which was named Bryan. This caused the residents to relocate to Bryan, reducing Green River to as few as 101 residents. But then the Blacks Fork River dried up during a drought, and the division point was moved to Green River.
The Green River passes through the middle of the city, flowing from its sources in the WInd River Mountains, many miles to the north, and heading southward into Utah. Near the Utah border the Flaming Gorge Dam was built forming the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which extends upriver nearly to the city limits of Green River. Flaming Gorge is a popular vacation retreat.
The north side of town is bordered by the cliffs and pinnacles of White Mountain, which adds some drama and bright accents to the city's scenery. The river is lined by trees and green vegetation, but beyond its reach the surrounding desert is sparsely covered in sagebrush and grasses.
Major Wesley Powell began his famous explorations of the Colorado River from Green River in 1869 and again in 1871.
The population of Green River as of the year 2000 was 11,808. It is the county seat of Sweetwater County. The elevation is 6,100 feet. Mining is a major industry at Green River with 2000 people being employed at Soda Ash mines.
Other Towns Named Green River
If you follow the Green River south a couple hundred miles, you will come to another town in Utah named Green River.