“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Green River in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Sunbeam - 1908

Sunbeam - 1908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Sunbeam - 1908 Marker
Captions: The "Sunbeam", a stern-wheeler, gasoline-propelled motor launch used for pleasure excursions at Island Park, Green River.
Inscription. J.F. Moerke, Frank Briggs, M.C. Peterson and C.W. Johnson, the owners of the amusement park on Island Park, purchased the "Sunbeam" and a companion craft, the "Teddy R", in 1908. These were stern-wheeler, gasoline-propelled motor launches which were to be used for pleasure excursions on the Green River at the amusement park.
The boats were seven feet wide and twenty five feet in length and seated twenty adults. They were used at the amusement park for the enjoyment of those fond of a glide over the turbulent waters of the Green River.
These stern-wheeler launches were very popular at the amusement park, which made many pleasure excursions around the Island Park. Also, many pleasure trips were made up and down the river. The "Sunbeam" carried pleasure seekers as far down the river as Buckboard and up the river as far as Big Piney.
The "Sunbeam" was eventually converted from a stern-wheeler to a propeller-propulsion boat.
On its last river trip, the "Sunbeam" sheared its propeller at Big Piney. It was left there at Big Piney and eventually was hauled overland to Fremont Lake at Pinedale, where it was repaired and continued in service for long years afterward.
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
Sunbeam - 1908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Sunbeam - 1908 Marker
41° 31.436′ N, 109° 28.35′ 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. George Flavell (here, next to this marker); Nathaniel Galloway - 1890's (here, next to this marker); Powell - Colorado River Expedition 1869 (a few steps from this marker); The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 (a few steps from this marker); Julius Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Powell, 1871 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kolb Brothers (about 300 feet away); The Great Unknown (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 76 times since then and 44 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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