Trails to the Past
My name is Marie Miller and as your Sweetwater County
Wyoming Administrator if you have any
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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
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,
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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