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Property Name Green River Drift Trail Traditional Cultural Property
Reference Number 12001224
State Wyoming
County Sublette
Town Cora
Street Address Linear corridor that generally follows the upper Green River & crosses BLM Pinedale & Bridger Teton National Forest lands
Multiple Property Submission Name Ranches. F arms, and Homesteads in Wyoming , 1860-1960
Status Listed 11/22/2013
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Politics/Government
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/12001224.pdf
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The Green River Drift Trail is significant at the statewide level and meets the National Register of Historic Places criteria for significance under Criterion A in the areas of agriculture and politics/government. It also meets the registration requirements for Cattle Trails and Driveways described in the Ranches, Farms, and Homesteads in Wyoming, 1860-1960 Multiple Property Document. It played a significant role in the development of the ranches in the Upper Green River Valley and specifically of the Upper Green River Cattle Association member ranches and is a representative example of a stock drift trail. The Drift meets the criteria for traditional cultural property as a property that represents a rural community 's land use patterns and reflects the ranching community's traditional practices and values held for over five generations. The Drift showcases how a stock drive works and its significance within the ranching industry . It also highlights the relationship between federal agencies and ranchers through the use of public land for grazing. The trail has been continuously used since the 1890s to get the cattle in the Upper Green River Cattle Association from what are now the BLM allotments at the south end of the trail to what are now the United States. Forest Service allotments at the north. The trail is 58 miles long with 41 miles of spurs. The Drift crosses BLM managed property, State of Wyoming property, private property, and United States Forest Service managed property. The trail also makes use of some county roads along its path.

 

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