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Green River in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

William Ashley - 1825

 
 
William Ashley - 1825 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. William Ashley - 1825 Marker
Inscription. Leaving Missouri in 1824, William Ashley led a large group of men west in search of riches - beaver. Ashley and his crew arrived on the banks of the Green River (or Seeds-ke-dee as it was called then) on April 9th, 1825 near the mouth of the Big Sandy River north of here. The men divided into four groups to explore the area for beaver.
Ashley supervised the building of "bull boats" - clumsy crafts of buffalo hides stretched over a willow frame and then led 7 men down the Green River. His was the first recorded river trip on the Green.
The voyagers passed by Expedition Island on Sunday, April 25, 1825. They walked around many rapids including Ashley Falls, now under Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
They continued downriver through the Green's canyons until they arrived in the Uinta Basin (now Utah) on June 16th. From there, Ashley left the river and made his way back to this area for the first of the great annual rendezvous held on Henry's Fork in July 1825.
Though not widespread, word of Ashley's decent (sic) of the river gradually spread in the "States" letting others know that river travel down the Green was possible. Later mountain men used dugout canoes made from cottonwood logs to float the Green.
 
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
 
Location.
William Ashley - 1825 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. William Ashley - 1825 Marker
This marker is the first in the line of markers.
41° 31.378′ N, 109° 28.282′ 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. William Manly - 1849 (a few steps from this marker); Major Wesley Powell and Party (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Unknown (within shouting distance of this marker); Buzz Holstrom (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Powell, 1871 (within shouting distance of this marker); The French Trio - 1938 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Damsite Surveys (within shouting distance of this marker); Norm Nevills & A.K. Reynolds - 1940's (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Ashley Mountain Man Rendezvous System - The Fur Trapper. General William H. Ashley
Bull boats image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Bull boats
was not a mountain man. General Ashley went to the Rocky Mountains twice; he attended the 1825 and 1826 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous. After the Sweetwater Rendezvous of 1826, William Ashley sold out and never returned to the mountains. Ashley's only interest in the Rocky Mountain fur trade was to make money to further his political ambitions.
(Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Bull Boat - Malachite's Big Hole. The Bull Boat was one of the most primitive water craft used on western and plains rivers where timber was scarce or unsuitable .... They are made of willow and are covered in animal hide, generally wet buffalo skin, hair side in.... The tail is left on so that the tails of two craft could be tied together when one was used to tow the other. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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