The City of Green River and John Wesley Powell River History Museum will open a new river trail with official ribbon cutting ceremony on March 23. The museum will also host a celebration of John Wesley Powell’s Birthday with cake, games, programs and a free day.
“In July of 1869, John Wesley Powell and his crew of boatmen emerged from Gray Canyon after two months on the Green River,” wrote museum Director Tim Glenn in an email. “As they passed through the valley where a museum would one day be built to tell his story, Major Powell commented on the broad peaceful nature of the river and the cottonwood groves that stood on either side. One hundred and fifty years later, the City of Green River is working to provide more access to the peaceful nature of the river and to reclaim some of those cottonwood groves.
This year, Powell’s birthday party coincides with the grand opening of a new paved trail that meanders north along the river. The trail, which was funded in part with a grant from the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, is connected to the museum’s grounds and offers opportunities for bird watching, to engage with the river system, and serves as an example of the potential trail system the City of Green River hopes to complete in the future, according to a press release from the museum. The mayor of Green River, along with state, county, and city representatives, will host a ribbon cutting at noon, said Glenn.
All are welcome to attend both the party and the river trail opening, which will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact the visitor center at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River at 435-564-3427.