Day 5 Continued Heading Up to Green River Manila isn't much with only about five streets and 300 people. Heading toward Green River. That sign should make it a lot easier to find the dog. I stopped to see the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport. In 1994 the Green River City Council changed the name of this airport to what it is now. They wanted it available for inhabitants of Jupiter that might want to take sanctuary in Green River in the event their planet is threatened with comet or meteor strikes. Back in 94 a comet busted up and hit Jupiter so with all the publicity forward thinking Green River took action. There are no aircraft or spacecraft based here. There is a 5,800 foot gravel runway that does not have a clear line of sight from either end and a windsock. Pretty good security though. Heading into Green River from the spaceport. Green River is where John Wesley Powell began is exploratory expeditions on the Green and Colorado Rivers and the Grand Canyon back in the late 1800s. Not sure if there was a portage around the Flaming Gorge Dam back then. The place was original supposed to be a division point for the railroad, but when the railroad got here they found a large town had already evolved. Since this drove up costs, they put that in someplace else. Laying track from Rawlins was tough because of the lack of water for steam, animals, and men. They had to haul it in as they went. The water at Green River was important. As luck would have it, the division point the Union Pacific developed 12 miles away dried up water-wise so they ended up having to move it to Green River - essentially saving the town's existence. There are five soda ash mines in the area that employ about 2,000 people. Sportscaster Curt Gowdy was from here. These days many of the big railroad yards have no crossings in town. You either go over or under by bridge or tunnel or take a pedestrian walkway like this one. I don't know what this was, but it looked like it was something back in the day. Under we go. Railroad shop.