Green River and the Gunnison Valley

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Early Utah pioneers passed through the area that is now Green River and decided that the land would not support a farming community. The Farrer family did not agree with this assessment, however, and they opened one of the first stores in Green River around 1883. Always a diverse town, Green River has a long-standing tradition of religious tolerance and the coexistence of different faiths. John Wesley Powell passed through during his exploration of the Colorado and Green Rivers, and the local museum was named after him. The region's economy has seen booms and busts, having survived on uranium mining and the missile base as well as on agriculture. Friday night football and the old opera house have come and gone, and now tourism has become Green River's main industry as travelers from all over the country discover the incredible beauty of the eastern Utah landscape.
ISBN: 9780738558776
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Utah
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Jo Anne Chandler is the director of the Green River Archives, and Annalee Thayn is the director's assistant. Residents of Green River and the surrounding areas have donated countless historical photographs to the archives, and the authors have included many of these unique and previously unpublished images in this book.
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