Trails to the Past
My name is Marie Miller and as your Sweetwater County Wyoming Administrator if you have any Obituaries, News clippings, Death, Marriage, Birth or any other information Please email me with your contributions.
Sweetwater County was organized in 1867. With the town of Green River being the county seat. Native Americans, mostly Shoshone and Ute, claimed the land. The first white men moving through the area with any regularity were the mountain men. The first Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held in 1825 in Sweetwater County, as was a later gathering in 1834 which is said to have been the largest rendezvous ever.
Several major emigrant trails passed through the county including the Oregon, California, Mormon, Overland, and Cherokee Trails, as well as the 1861 transcontinental telegraph line and Ben Holladay's Central Overland Express stage line. Vitally important to the history of the county was the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1868. This was instrumental in the creation and development of Sweetwater County's two major population centers, Green River and Rock Springs. Green River was the major railroad town due to the nearness of a water supply, while Rock Springs became the coal mining center of the county.
Incorporated Cities and Towns are those of Green River, Rock Springs, Granger, Superior, Wamsutter, and Bairoil.
Other census designated towns and communites are those of Eden, Farson, Point of Rocks, Reliance, Arrowhead Springs, Clearview Acres, Jamestown, Little America, Purple Sage, Table Rock, Blairtown, Sweeney Ranch, Burntfork, Mckinnon, and Washum.
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