SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition (SCREE) departed from Expedition Island in Green River on Friday morning in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell's expedition's departure from the same spot on May 24, 1869.​

SCREE, a team of graduate students, writers, artists, academics, and journalists in five boats, is retracing Powell's epic 1,000-mile traverse of the Colorado River Basin down the Green and Colorado rivers, and through the Grand Canyon. The trip is scheduled to take about 70 days.​

Friday's launch was the culmination of two days of activities and events in Green River commemorating the Powell expedition's sesquicentennial. ​

Partnering to create the events were SCREE, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum, city of Green River, Green River Chamber of Commerce, University of Wyoming, and Green River Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street. ​

Sponsors included the Sweetwater County Library System, U.S. Geological Survey, Green River Arts Council, Greenbelt Task Force, historian and author Roy Webb, and Wyoming Game and Fish. ​

For more information on Powell and the ongoing SCREE Expedition, visit www.powell150.org. The expedition's progress can be followed online at share.garmin.com/SCREEPowell150 .

The Sweetwater County Historical Museum invites everyone to visit the museum at 3 Flaming Gorge Way in Green River and check out the new John Wesley Powell exhibit. Museum summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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