POINTS OF INTEREST
These local features demonstrate Green River’s history and present as well as words could. For a broader picture of what Green River is about, you can visit or learn more about the following:
1. Welcome Sign
Installed in 2017 and designed by artist Lisa Ward, this sign showcases some of Green River’s unique assets: its design features the Book Cliffs and the river itself, and the sign was styled to match the town’s iconic old neon signs.
2. Monument Hill
Created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers, and facilitated by benefactor Herbert Steiner, these sculptures were installed in 2010 and 2013 respectively. “Ratio” represents the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical concept regarded by some as representing a universal law of harmony in nature, and “Elements” represents the four elements: wind, water, earth, and fire.
3. The Canal
Water used for irrigation comes straight from the river via this canal built over 100 years ago. For a little jaunt, you can follow the canal to the diversion dam, recently updated in 2016.
4. OK Anderson Park
Home of Melon Days and several other community events, the park also features a Loki-Dart missile used by White Sands Missile Range staff to test launch-weather now sits in the park; a gift to the city years ago.
5. John Wesley Powell River History Museum
This museum exhibits the life and travels of John Wesley Powell, as well as information related to the area and to this region’s rivers. The museum is also home to the Green River Archives, Emery County Information Center, and the World’s Largest Watermelon.
6. Railroad Bridge
This picturesque river bridge sees a number of Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak trains go across it each day.
7. Green River Launch Complex & Black Pyramid
Just outside of town lies a former missile site that was later turned into the old Union Carbide uranium mill. There, you can see the Green River Uranium Disposal cell, a 41-foot tall mound of radioactive tailings covered by black rock, also known as the “Black Pyramid.”
8. Old Spanish Trail Silhouettes
These silhouettes pay homage to the travelers and traders the trail brought through Green River in the early 19th century.
9. Crystal Geyser
Just a few miles outside of town, sits this rare example of a cold water carbon dioxide geyser; one not driven by geothermal activity.