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Green River City, 1885

Engine No. 86, Green River City, 1869, photo by Wm. H. Jackson

In 1869, William Henry Jackson undertook a photography expedition along the Union Pacific. Jackson left Omaha and purchased a ticket to the next town. There he would take photographs similar to those that had earlier been taken by A. J. Russell, an official photographer of the Railroad. When Jackson had raised enough money, he would then purchase a ticket to the next stop, working his way along the line to Salt Lake. The photo, above right, is of the same locomotive as that in a stereopticon photo of Engine No. 86 which had been taken the year before by A. J. Russell. Jackson's photography came to the attention of F. V. Hayden, who recognized that photographic documentation of his expeditions were vital to receiving further funding. Hayden offered the position of photographer for his 1871 expedition to Jackson without pay. Jackson's photographs assured his later success which included service on Hayden's later expeditions.

Green River Depot, photo by Charles Weitfle courtesy of Paul Weitfle, III.

The caption on the photo is in error. The photo is not of Green River, Utah.

Green River, 1908

Among those who would frequent both Rock Springs and Green River City were members of the Wild Bunch who would use nearby Brown's Hole or Park as a refuge. Although not a member of the Wild Bunch, one who would often be in the area was Charlie Crouse who at one time employed Butch Cassidy in his butcher shop in Rock Springs. According to one source, Crouse would butcher rustled cattle from Brown's Park, Colo., where he also maintained a ranch. Crouse (1851-1906) maintained a good relationship with the Wild Bunch although he was not an actual member of the gang. Crouse's children themselves were a bit wild. In one instance his two soms, Clarence and Stanley, drunk, rode into Linwood, Utah, stark naked, roped a local blacksmith and part-time deputy sheriff and craps dealer, Pete Miller, and dragged Miller around town. Ultimately, two locals rescued Miller. Miller was employed at a gambling establishment and saloon just across the border in Wyoming, known as the "Bucket of Blood." The advantage of the Bucket of Blood was that one could elude the law by changing jurisdictions. All that was nececesary was to step out the back door. Nearby was an octagonally shaped dancehall known as the "Roundhouse."

Green River, approx. 1907

One of the more famous guests of the Green River jail was the black rustler, Isom Dart (1855-1900). Dart was placed in the jail on suspicion of murdering a Chinese cook who disappeared after winning several hundred dollars from Dart in a fixed card game. Dart was housed in the same cell with a South Pass City miner, Jesse Ewing. Ewing was sometimes referred to as the "ugliest man in South Pass City" because of a badly disfigured face arising out of an unfortunate meeting with a grizzly. Ewing was also mean, "Mean", as they say, "Mean to the bone." During the night, Ewing beat Dart into submission. The next morning, when breakfast was served, Ewing required Dart to get down on his hands and knees so that Ewing could use Dart's back as a table, there being none in the cell. Ultimately, the Chinaman turned up and Dart was released. Dart was shot and killed by Tom Horn on Oct. 3, 1900, in Brown's Park, Colo.

In South Pass City, Ewing got into a mining dispute with one Coulter, with the result that Coulter had to spend the night in the jail. During the night, Ewing took pot shots at Coulter through the jail cell window but fortunately missed. Ewing, however, was not one to give up on a grudge. Later, when Coulter lay upon his death bed, Ewing again took pot shots through Coulter's window missing the dying man by inches.

The occasion with with Dart was not Ewing's only visit to the Sweetwater County Jail. In 1880, he was held for a short period of time on behalf of Utah authorities. Ewing in a gambling dispute murdered a miner named Charlie Robinson in Brown's Hole. Brown's Hole was so isolated that the only way from the Utah portion to the rest of Utah was through Wyoming. Ewing was found to have acted in "self defense." Another time when Ewing was living in Green River City, he attacked Sheriff Hugh McPhee with a knife. The Sheriff took the wind out of Ewing's sails by bopping Ewing over the head with a six-shooter. Ewing's career ended in a dispute with Frank Duncan over the affections of "Madame" Forrestal, a Green River City "professional" woman. The denouement of the relationship was the death of Ewing with Ewing's own Winchester and the departure from town of Duncan and Madame Forrestal.

Green River, undated

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