Horse Creek (Sublette)
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Title:Horse Creek (Sublette)
History:Arriving on the banks of Green River, Ashley detached a party of seven men under the leadership of a man named Clements to go up Green River and trap on the main stream and its branches. They were very successful in capturing beaver which were very numerous on the headwaters of this river at the time. As they proceeded up the river they came to a branch on the west side of the main stream, up which they saw a number of wild horses pasturing in the green meadows, and they promptly called it Horse Creek, a name which it still bears. Another origin is given, however, to the effect that Edward Rose, in 1824, while acting as interpreter and guide for a large party of trappers under Jedediah Smith and Thomas Fitzpatrick, instigated the Crows to steal the horses of the party, and that this branch of Green River took its name from that incident. (WPA)
County:Sublette
Feature Category:Water Features
Origin Of Name:In its course through western Wyoming Green river receives many important tributaries, nearly all of which still retain the names given them by the parties of General Ashley between 1824 and 1830. ... On the west there are twelve considerable tributaries from the state of Wyoming. Horse creek, near the upper end of the valley, where so many annual rendezvous were held, received its name from the circumstance that Thomas Fitzpatrick was robbed of his horses there by the Crow Indians in 1824. (Chittenden, 1902)Arriving on the banks of Green River, Ashley detached a party of seven men under the leadership of a man named Clements to go up Green River and trap on the main stream and its branches. They were very successful in capturing beaver which were very numerous on the headwaters of this river at the time. As they proceeded up the river they came to a branch on the west side of the main stream, up which they saw a number of wild horses pasturing in the green meadows, and they promptly called it Horse Creek, a name which it still bears. Another origin is given, however, to the effect that Edward Rose, in 1824, while acting as interpreter and guide for a large party of trappers under Jedediah Smith and Thomas Fitzpatrick, instigated the Crows to steal the horses of the party, and that this branch of Green River took its name from that incident. (WPA)
Type (DCMI):JPEG
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Document ID:11141615

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