This map of Green River, Wyoming was created in 1875 by E.S. Glover. The hand drawn scene shows a picturesque view of Green River, Wyoming Territory, looking north. 500 people lived in Green River at the time.
In 1868, seven years prior, Green River had approximately 2,000 residents, but when the division headquarters of the Union Pacific Railroad moved west, the settlement shrank to a mere 101 residents.
Green River was on the verge of becoming a ghost town, until Blacks Fork dried up during a drought and the Union Pacific Railroad was forced to move the headquarters back to Green River to ensure they have enough adequate water for their steam locomotives.
This map shows Green River in the midst of that defining moment. The town was officially re-incorporated under the new laws of Wyoming on May 5, 1891, and Bryan, Wyoming ultimately became the ghost town.
This map of Green River has been restored by KNOWOL. Reproductions are available here.
The map reads:
“Green River City – Located on the Green River, 846 miles West of Omaha. The county seat of Sweet Water Co., Wyoming Territory. Altitude 6112 feet above the Sea, and the center of the most picturesque portion of the country through which the Union Pacific Railroad passes.
Green River City has a population of 500 inhabitants; it has a School House and Church, several Stores, a First-Class Hotel, and a Brewery. All trains stop for meals at the Green River Dining Halls, where beautiful Rocky Mountain Specimens of all kinds can be procured.”
This old map of Green River provides hours of entertainment and you learn a lot about the area in the process. This combination of a picture book and wall map makes an attractive addition to your office, library, or den, and can even be used to teach children the history of Green River. When you’re done exploring, click here to get your copy!