Museum Archives: The Green River Sign

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Workmen posing with the ‘Green River’ sign on Castle Rock give an idea of its size. Behind the sign is a tall flagpole, erected around 1890. Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum.

(Courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum)

Sweetwater County, WY (February 16, 2019) –  For over 30 years a huge sign, illuminated at night, crowned the summit of Castle Rock in Green River, WY.

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Photographs and preserved newspaper articles from the 1920s archived at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum document that the sign, bearing the county seat’s name, “GREEN RIVER” bracketed by large Union Pacific logos was in place in time for the crowds attending Union Pacific First Aid Rally Day on June 18, 1923.

According to the June 22, 1923 edition of the Green River Star, when the sign was lit up at night, “it had a fine effect and could be seen from any part of the city.”

The sign on the summit of Castle Rock was visible from any location in Green River. Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum.

 

Time and deterioration took their toll on the sign, which was dismantled and removed in the late 1950s. But in the decades it stood, it was for many in Sweetwater County as iconic as the “Hollywood” sign in southern California.

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