Green River, Utah

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Green River is a city in Emery County, Utah, United States. The population was 973 at the 2000 census.



Green River is located at 38°59′36″N 110°9′0″W / 38.99333°N 110.15°W / 38.99333; -110.15 (38.993258, -110.149961),[3] on the banks of the Green River, after which the city is named. The San Rafael Swell region is to the west of Green River, while Canyonlands National Park lies to the south. Today located exclusively in Emery County, it was split between Emery and Grand counties until January 6, 2003, when Emery County's boundaries were expanded.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.7 km²), of which, 12.5 square miles (32.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.03%) is water.

Crystal Geyser, a cold water "geyser"---actually a carbon-dioxide driven, erupting well---is located about nine miles southeast of town (Glennon, J.A. and Pfaff R.M. 2005).


Green River City started as a river crossing for the U.S. Mail. In 1876, a Mr. Blake set up a ferry on the East side of the river and a way station. It became a stopover for travelers with a ferry for transporting people and animals across the river.

In 1883 the railroad was built and set up a station. The west side of the river became known as Greenriver ( later changed to Green River) and the east side of the river became known as Elgin, and is still referred to by that name today. With the coming of the railroad, the town quickly went from a small farm hamlet to a boom town with workers coming to build the bridge and the road bed for the railroad. After completion of the railroad, Green River became a fueling, watering stop for the railroad, with switching yards and engine sheds. A hotel, called the Palmer House was built and became the scheduled meal stop for trains from both directions for many years. Green River enjoyed the railroad boom until 1892, when the railroad transferred most of its operations to Helper, Utah. The population of the town declined significantly.

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