Rock Springs
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Title:Rock Springs
History:Rock Springs Post Office was established on June 10, 1872 with George W. Haws as the first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) The largest coal mining city in the state, in Sweetwater County, on the Union Pacific Railroad, 292 miles west from Cheyenne and 15 miles northeast from Green River. Extensive coal mines, employing 2,800 men, are operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Co. and private parties. Forty-one nationalities of people are represented here, most of whom have a place in the business of Rock Springs. Excellent schools and churches, fine business blocks, and neat homes characterize the city, while all the modern requirements are present. The State Miners' Hospital is located at Rock Springs. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11) Rock Springs is one of the most important coal-mining centers of the West and ships each year nearly a million tons of high-grade bituminous coal. The mines have been operated since 1868, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached this point, and some of the older workings extend for miles underground. (Guidebook of the Western United States)
County:Sweetwater
Feature Category:Manmade Features
Origin Of Name:Coal mining center. Noted for the number of different nationalities living therederived its name from springs in the rocks at the north of the city. The springs are dry now, probably due to the tunneling of mines. (WPA) The city of Rock Springs derives its name from a large spring of saline water that issues at the base of a bluff of the water-bearing sandstone ... occurring between the Rock Springs and Almond groups of coal beds near Point of Rocks. (Guidebook of the Western United States)Rock Springs Post Office was established on June 10, 1872 with George W. Haws as the first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) The largest coal mining city in the state, in Sweetwater County, on the Union Pacific Railroad, 292 miles west from Cheyenne and 15 miles northeast from Green River. Extensive coal mines, employing 2,800 men, are operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Co. and private parties. Forty-one nationalities of people are represented here, most of whom have a place in the business of Rock Springs. Excellent schools and churches, fine business blocks, and neat homes characterize the city, while all the modern requirements are present. The State Miners' Hospital is located at Rock Springs. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11) Rock Springs is one of the most important coal-mining centers of the West and ships each year nearly a million tons of high-grade bituminous coal. The mines have been operated since 1868, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached this point, and some of the older workings extend for miles underground. (Guidebook of the Western United States)
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Topic:Chris Propst. Rock Springs, Wyoming. WyoHistory.org
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Document ID:11139990

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