POINT OF ROCKS is a tiny spot on the interstate highway near the town of Green River, that you'll miss if you blink while driving, but I had time to study as I walked along on my virtual journey. The last census shows its population as just three people. Eureka! I've found the tiniest town in the least populous state in the country! The only permanent buildings I can see are a bar, a laundromat, and a Conoco service station -- plus a few mobile homes on dirt roads. So what's the point?
Sure, there are rocks strewn about here but they're not as spectacular as those along the nearby Green River or the colorful sandstone shapes in Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon located ten miles to the south.
The fact is that Point of Rocks was once an Overland stage stop and is now home to the Jim Bridger Power Station just 5 miles away, one of the largest coal-fired electric power facilities in the western United States. Fortunately, the plant is strategically located far enough from the interstate to spare us views of its operation. Otherwise who knows what the public reaction might be?
Week 14, Miles 964