Green River in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Nathaniel Galloway - 1890's
He made several shore (sic) runs on the Green between 1891-94 and his first lengthy trip started from Green River, Wyoming in 1895. He returned to Wyoming in 1896, 1898, and 1909 for more river runs.
Galloway's greatest historical contributions were the design of his boats and the way he ran the river, particularly rapids. Galloway designed and built his own boats - they were about 14 feet long and 4 feet wide with a "cockpit" for the oarsman, they had a slight rise both fore and aft and they weighed only 400 pounds. His crafts were very maneuverable and could "turn on a dime."
Most significantly, though, Galloway's river running technique was brand new. Instead of rowing backwards for power and speed and looking over one's shoulder, Galloway simply turned around and faced downstream . This new approach allowed him to see rocks and obstacles in the river and steer around them.
The "Galloway" technique of river-running is used to this day.
Erected by Green River Greenbelt and City of Green River.
Location. 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. George Flavell (here, next to this marker); Sunbeam - 1908 (here, next to this marker); Powell - Colorado River Expedition 1869 (a few steps from this marker); The Paddlewheeler Comet - 1908 (within shouting distance of 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). 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.
Also see . . . Historical Badass: Whitewater Pioneer Nathaniel Galloway - Adventure Journal. ...Galloway (1853-1913) transformed whitewater boating while it was still in its relative infancy. He entered (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.