- Green River
a town in SW Wyoming. 12,807.
* * *River, western U.S. It flows from western Wyoming south into Utah, where it turns east to make a loop through the northwestern corner of Colorado.Turning south in Utah, it enters the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park after a course of 730 mi (1,175 km). Originally known as the Spanish River, it was renamed in 1824, probably for its colour, derived in places from green soapstone banks along its course.
* * *city, Grand and Emery counties, central Utah, U.S. Located on the banks of the Green River between Gray and Labyrinth canyons, the city was founded in 1878 near the site of a river crossing on the old Spanish Trail, an overland route connecting Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nearby irrigated farmlands produce large crops of melons, the importance of which is commemorated by an annual festival. The city houses the John Wesley Powell River History Museum (1990), which honours the 19th-century explorer (Powell, John Wesley). Green River marks the eastern terminus of a 105-mile (169-km) length of interstate highway (extending to Salina, Utah) that is without traveler services of any sort. Pop. (1990) 866; (2000) 973.city, seat (1875) of Sweetwater county, southwestern Wyoming, U.S., 13 miles (21 km) west of Rock Springs. Surrounded by rock formations at an elevation of 6,600 feet (2,000 metres), it originated on the bank of the river for which it is named as a trappers' rendezvous and a stop on the overland stage route. The city became a distribution point after the arrival in 1868 of the Union Pacific Railroad (Union Pacific Railroad Company) and was later the eastern terminus of the Oregon Short Line Railroad. John Wesley Powell (Powell, John Wesley)'s exploration of the Green and Colorado rivers began there in 1869 and is commemorated by a national historical site. The town is now a trade centre for forest, livestock, and farm products. Most of the nation's soda ash (an ingredient in glass, baking soda, and toothpaste) comes from the trona mines nearby. Green River is a gateway to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and National Recreation Area and to Ashley National Forest immediately to the south. Inc. 1891. Pop. (1990) 12,711; (2000) 11,808.river rising near Kings Mountain in Lincoln county, central Kentucky, U.S., and flowing for 360 miles (580 km) generally westward through a well-defined gorge, then northwestward to the Ohio River, which it enters just above Evansville, Ind. Dams and locks below Mining City Dam allow small boats to navigate 200 miles (320 km) of the lower course, through the western coalfield and into Mammoth Cave National Park. There it receives the waters of the Echo River. The Green River drains 9,430 square miles (24,425 square km), and its chief tributaries are Russell and Mud creeks, Barren and Pond rivers, flowing in from the south, and the Nolin and Rough rivers, from the north. The main cities along the river are Greensburg, Munfordville, Brownsville, Morgantown, and Livermore.▪ river, Wyoming-Colorado-Utah, United Statesriver in the western United States, rising on the Continental Divide in the Wind River Range in west-central Wyoming. It flows generally south through southwestern Wyoming, where it is dammed below La Barge to form the Fontenelle Reservoir. Below Green River city, Wyo., it cuts through Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, where it is impounded to form a large reservoir. It continues through eastern Utah, with a loop into northwestern Colorado, on through the Canyon of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument and back into Utah. It then flows generally southwest past Green River city, Utah, and southeast to join the Colorado River south of Moab, in Canyonlands National Park. Traversing rugged mountain regions through most of its 730-mile (1,175-kilometre) course, it drains about 45,000 square miles (117,000 square km). It is navigable only by special shallow-draft riverboats—and then only at high water. Its chief tributaries are the Yampa River, in Colorado, and the Duchesne, Price, White, and San Rafael rivers in Utah. Originally known as the Spanish River, it was renamed in 1824, probably for its colour derived in places from green soapstone banks along its course.
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