William Ashley - 1825
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 41° 31.377 W 109° 28.273
12T E 627553 N 4597940
Quick Description: This Historical Marker is located near the southwestern corner of Island Park, west of the walkway, on Expedition Island in Green River, Wyoming.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 9/27/2012 5:25:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMFCD7
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member robbdogg120
Views: 6

Long Description:
William Ashley - 1825

Leaving Missouri in 1824, William Ashley led a large group of men west in search of riches - beaver. Ashley and his crew arrived on the banks of the Green River (or Seeds-ke-dee as it was called then) on April 9th, 1825 near the mouth of the Big Sandy River north of here. The men divided into four groups to explore the area for beaver.

Ashley supervised the building of "bull boats" - clumsy crafts of buffalo hides stretched over a willow frame and then led 7 men down the Green River. His was the first recorded river trip on the Green.

The voyagers passed by Expedition Island on Sunday, April 25, 1825. They walked around many rapids including Ashley Falls, now under Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

They continued downriver through the Green's canyons until they arrived in the Uintah Basin (now Utah) on June 16th. From there, Ashley left the river and made his way back to this area for the first of the great annual rendezvous held on Henry's Fork in July 1825.

Though not widespread, word of Ashley's decent(sic) of the river gradually spread in the "States" letting others know that river travel down the Green was possible. Later mountain men used dugout canoes made from cottonwood logs to float the Green.

Marker Name: William Ashley - 1825

Marker Type: City

Group Responsible for Placement: Green River Historic Preservation Commission

Marker Number: None

Addtional Information: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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