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The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908

 
 
The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 Marker
Inscription. The paddlewheeler or steamship the Comet represented a new form of transportation on the upper Green River - the use of power other than oars.
The flagship of the newly organized Green River Navigation Company, the Comet made its maiden voyage from Green River, Wyoming south to Linwood, Utah on July 4th, 1908. The purpose of the steamship was to carry freight and passengers to ranches along the Green River to Linwood at the confluence with Henry's Fork. The launching was the major event of the year combined with the Fourth of July celebration.
Built at a cost of $25,000, the Comet was not a success. The first trip to Linwood and back took 33 hours and was hampered by low water, swift currents, and rocks. After only a few trips, the Comet was abandoned in the river several hundred yards downriver from here.
Other boats which operated on the Green in that period included the power launch Teddy R which was used for pleasure excursions up and down the river and a stern wheeler, the Sunbeam which was used until it broke down upriver from here at Big Piney, Wyoming. Afterwards, the Sunbeam was hauled to Fremont Lake and used as a pleasure boat for many years.
 
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
 
Location.
The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 Marker
41° 31.443′ N, 109° 28.336′ W. Marker is in Green River, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from South 2nd East Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 South 2nd East Street, Green River WY 82935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sunbeam - 1908 (a few steps from this marker); Powell - Colorado River Expedition 1869 (a few steps from this marker); George Flavell (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathaniel Galloway - 1890's (within shouting distance of this marker); Julius Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Brothers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Damsite Surveys (about 300 feet away); John Wesley Powell, 1871 (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Green River.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the perimeter walking path in Island Park. Island Park occupies the northwestern end of Expedition Island and is across the bridge at the south end of South 2nd East Street.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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