Exploring Green River's origins as a stagecoach station


October 14, 2020

Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

Overlook Park in Green River, just north of Astle Avenue, commemorating the Overland Stage station site.

The Transcontinental Railroad reached Green River in 1868 and established the future Sweetwater County seat as a railroad town, but for about six years before that, its importance was as a stagecoach station site, according to a media release the Sweetwater County Historical Museum issued Saturday.

In 1861, the owner of the Overland Stage Company, Ben Holladay, the "Stagecoach King" originally from Nicholas County, Kentucky, was awarded the United States mail contract and began establishing stations across the country along the Overland Trail.

Among them was a station at what would become...

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