Sunday June 2, 1850
Stopping Point: Green River crossing (Wyoming)
Approximate Miles Traveled:
GPS Latitude: 42° 01.228′ N; Longitude: 110° 03.090′ W
Elevation: 6,433 ft
Notes about this post: The emigrants soon confronted the Green River, a north-south barrier to the east-west route of the Oregon-California Trail. Every emigrant had to cross it in some manner. Over the years, a variety of fords and ferry sites were established along a 30-mile stretch of the River from the mouth of the Big Sandy to the Names Hill (La Barge), serving travelers on the Fort Bridger, Slate Creek, Kinney and Sublette branches of the Trail.
The Green was a formidable obstacle. Early wagon trains drove through the river using fords that changed annually with each spring’s high water. Guides would force wagons through the current using multiple teams and dozens of mounted outriders. They followed gravel bars so narrow that the deviation of even a few feet meant the loss of a wagon, or worse. In extreme cases, emigrants had to unload and dismantle their wagons and float everything across a piece at a time. Drownings of both the emigrants and their livestock were all too common.
Stoped at green River Saboth day June 2d Saw a few Indians