TIMELINE

 

Pre-History

  • Paleo Indians

    9000 B.C.E. - 5500 B.C.E.

  • Archaic Peoples

    6000 B.C.E. - 0 C.E.

  • Fremont

    0 C.E. - 1300 C.E.

  • Ancestral Puebloans

    600 C.E. - 1300 C.E.

Pioneers & Expansion

  • 1800's

    Old Spanish Trail passes through Green River.

  • 1825

    William Ashley and other fur traders begin annual rendezvous in the region.

  • 1836

    Fur trader Denis Julien carves his name on rock near Green River.

  • 1858

    Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives explores Colorado River region and predicts that ther will never be white inhabitants.

  • 1869-71

    John Wesley Powell leads two expeditions down Green and Colorado Rivers.

  • 1876

    Mr. Blake establishes Green River as waypoint.

  • 1880

    Diversion Dam built allowing for the canal.

  • 1883

    Denver and Rio Grande Railroad is completed, passing through Green River on its way from Denver to Salt Lake City.

  • 1906

    Annual fruit festival begins (now known as Melon Days.)

  • 1910

    Midland Trail, a transcontinental automobile road passes through Green River. Wagon bridge built over river.

  • 1919

    Peach trees freeze, melon farming begins. Electricity comes to Green River.

  • 1927

    The Green RIver changes course during a flood.

Mining & Missiles

  • 1937

    Old Brigham falls.

  • 1941

    Uranium mining boom on the Colorado Plateau begins.

  • 1946

    Friendship Cruise begins.

  • 1961

    Uranium mill in Green River ceases operation.

  • 1963

    Green River Launch Complex begins operation.

  • 1979

    Green River Launch Complex ceases operation.

TOURISM

  • 1984

    Interstate 70 bridge over the Green River completed.

  • 1992

    Interstate 70 completed.

  • 2016

    New diversion dam completed with boat pass.