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

Kolb Brothers

1911

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Kolb Brothers Marker
Caption: Emery Kolb on deck and Ellsworth Kolb mans the oars in the Grand Canyon in 1911.
Inscription. Ellsworth and Emery Kolb were photographers with a studio on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. They wanted to make a complete photographic record of the canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers, and thus decided to run the rivers themselves.
Arriving in Green River, Wyoming in early September 1911, the Kolbs brought a relatively new invention with them - a movie camera. They were to take the first moving pictures of the rivers and canyons.
Ellsworth Kolb later recorded the town's reception of their plan, "The whole of Green River City, it seemed, had learned of our project, and came to inspect, or advise, or jeer at us. The kindest of them wished us well; the other sort told us 'it would serve us right'; but none of our callers had any encouragement. Many were the stories of disaster and death with which they entertained us."
The Kolbs' boat soon arrived on the Union pacific railroad. With the arrival of James Fagin, a young man from San Francisco hired to help the brothers with their camp gear, the expedition launched on September 9th, 1911.
The brothers made it all the way to the Gulf of California without incident. They returned to their photo studio and lived at the Grand Canyon until they died in the 1970's.
 
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green
Kolb Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Kolb Brothers Marker
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Location. 41° 31.418′ N, 109° 28.288′ 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. Touch 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. The Damsite Surveys (here, next to this marker); Julius Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Buzz Holstrom (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Wesley Powell and Party (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Unknown (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Powell, 1871 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Manly - 1849 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ashley - 1825 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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