Construction of the UP reached Point of Rocks in July of
1868. In 1877, a UP section foreman
named Lawrence Taggert moved his family into the old station, where his wife
opened a school and served as teacher.
Mrs. Charles Rador, a daughter of the Taggerts’, moved into the building
with her husband in 1897, where they raised sheep until about 1910. The State of Wyoming acquired the site in
1947, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in
1970. Today, Point of Rocks is one of a
handful of stations remaining intact on the Overland Trail.
During the week that Bear and I were along the tracks, Amtrak rerouted the California Zephyr across the Overland Route due to track work along the UP mainline in Colorado. Above, Amtrak No. 5 is racing toward Point of Rocks late in the day.
The Green River and the Utah and Wyoming Towns of the Same Name
Green River, chief tributary of the Colorado River, is 730 miles long,
beginning in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and flowing south mostly through
Wyoming and Utah, except for about 40 miles in northwestern Colorado. It is only slightly shorter than the Colorado
River where the two rivers merge in Cayonlands National Park in southwestern
Utah. Many years ago, the Colorado River
began at the confluence of the Green River.
Above the confluence, the Colorado River was called the Grand. This was changed by the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1921, when the Grand River was renamed the Colorado River –
over the objections of Wyoming, Utah and the United States Geological Survey.
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