Save the Historic Green River Jail

$1,275 of $29k goal

Raised by 19 people in 1 month


Save the Historic Gren River, Utah Wild West Jail!

There are very few historic old wild west jails left. Ours in Green River, Utah has been neglected in a hidden back alley for ages. It's over 100 years old and has held the wildest outlaws the American west has ever known. This campaign has been set into motion to move the old jail out onto a lot on Broadway Blvd, once-upon-a-time the business center for this wonderful and well kept secret little town in the wild west.

Where on Earth is Green River, Utah?

The town of Green River is in Southeastern Utah along the Green River and was once a stopping place on the Outlaw Trail. It's not far from the booming tourist town of Moab, Utah in the Canyonlands area of the Colorado Plateau. In fact since the interstate highway was put in years ago Green River has gone something down the same road as those old towns along the famous Route 66 down South. It's been nearly all but passed up! Moab takes most all the tourism in these parts but word is starting spread that Green River is a fantastic hub to some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth!

Why Move the Old Jail? Who Will it Help?

Most folks in Green River struggle along with not much business in the center of town (old Broadway). Travelers generally stop at the outskirts of town, fuel up, grab a sub sandwich and drive on for their adventures. They're missing the wonderful center of town and so we're committed to creating attractions to get them to come into town. The more tourism we can create the better the chance of new little shops opening up and of course with that comes jobs for good folks who could use the employment. Also, the good spirited and postive energy that reviving these old historic landmarks creates is such a fantastic way to lift people's moral and their happiness. This old jail is going to be a source of pride among the locals and frankly the tourists will love it! It's the real deal, the stuff of wild west legends!

And for tourists and travelers this will be a wonderful attraction! Kids will love the old original iron bars and everyone will find their minds wondering about its history and imagining the characters who reluctantly occupied it's inner walls.

What About the Old Jail's History?

Green River is along the legendary Outlaw Trail. Butch Cassidy and his gang spent a lot of time in Green River and after Butch left some of his outlaw brothers spent time in this old jail! It has a storied past full of outlaws, rough cowboys and spirited notorious types who just couldn't follow the law when the west was still wild. This old jail houses the memories and spirits of a bygone era of the American west .

What Will the Funds Be Used For?

This is quite a project with plenty of important steps. We are seeking funding for proper permits to move the structure, build a foundation for the jail on the lot next to the Historic Midland Hotel, all the manpower and equipment necessary to actually move the jail and for improvements to the lot such that its safely accessible to the public. We're also going to create and launch an advertising campaign to let travelers know there is something very special in the center of Green River, Utah! 

The land is ours so that's already done. The terms of the original purchase with the city was that we must move it so that's not a problem. We simply need to get this funded, prep, and start rolling it down the road.

Please note: We own the old historic Midland Hotel next to the lot but the Midland is not open to the public. It's a private residence, so this campaign has nothing to do with any personal gain. This is for the betterment of the community and in the spirit of preserving a fine structure with amazing wild west history!

We need the funds right away as the tourism season is approaching and we want to have this beautiful old jail in place as soon as possible. 

We Really Appreciate Any Contributions!

We're more than passionate about sharing this old historic jail with the world! It's been tragic to see that old beauty hidden away and basically deteriorating each year. It's time to move the jail out into the open. Can you see yourself in front of it doing a selfie or family picture knowing you helped save a historical monument?

The Town of Green River Will Love You For Your Help and We Would Like To Thank You With Special Gifts!

Donate $25.00 USD: We will put your name in our new Jail registry and send you a very special thank you certificate.

Donate $50.00 USD: We will send you a signed 8x10in metallic paper fine art photographic print from Gary Orona depicting the jail after its been moved.

Donate $100.00 USD: We will send you a signed 8x10in INFUSED METAL fine art photographic print from Gary Orona depicting the jail after its been moved.

Donate $250.00 USD: We will have your name or organization etched into brick and placed alonside the jail!

Donate $500.00 USD: We will send you all the previous rewards plus an 11x14 INFUSED METAL fine art photographic print signed by Gary Orona from the Savage Territory Gallery!

Donate $1,000.00 USD: We will send you all the previous rewards plus we will send you a large 12x36in. INFUSED METAL fine art photographic print signed by Gary Orona from the Savage Territory Gallery!

Donate $5,000.00 USD: We will send you a very large and magnificent 30x60in. INFUSED METAL fine art photographic print signed by Gary Orona from the Savage Territory Gallery and the name of your choice will be hand carved into a fine wood memorial of contributors to be placed inside the old jail!

We can't thank you enough for reading through all this! Join us NOW and let's preserve a beautiful structure of the wild west today!

Please be sure to WATCH the video as we've got some nice images in it which will help you visualize what we are going to do.
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Update 14
Posted by Gary Orona
10 days ago
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We've hired a small team to clear the lot and start prep for the move. We had to wait a month or so longer than expected till the weather warmed up and now it's here. Warm weather and high motivation to get this jail moved!
Where we're putting the historic jail
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Update 13
Posted by Gary Orona
18 days ago
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Who wants to sleep in the old historic Green River, Utah jail? Let's move it and save it!The weather is warming up so it's getting close to that time. We've worked out much of the logistics and are clearing the lot for its new home soon. Share this campaign so we can make it happen. Good Thoughts - G
Inside Historic Green River Utah Jail
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Update 12
Posted by Gary Orona
26 days ago
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Thanks to everyone so far who's contributed! We really, really appreciate it! The plan is to continue building funds for the next 6 weeks then we're going to go for it. Whatever it takes we'll get this old historic jail saved. Your contributions coupled with ours will get it done. Thank you all!
Final Destination to Save the Old Jail
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Update 11
Posted by Gary Orona
28 days ago
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Kelly and I believe that Green River, Utah is a place of beauty that is about to blossom. Send good thoughts to this place. We have a lot of work to do and remember we don't 'try' we 'do'. Let's get this old historic jail saved! - G
Save the Historic Green River Jail
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Gary Orona
1 month ago

Thank you Bill and Mary Wilmarth, Cynthia Mullvain, and Steven Sykes for firing up this campaign! You are truly beautiful folks!

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$1,275 of $29k goal

Raised by 19 people in 1 month
Created February 25, 2017
JW
$25
Janice & Gerd Wiedemann
7 days ago
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That jail will look just perfect next to the Midland.

$150
Anonymous
7 days ago
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RM
$100
Rick McCathron
10 days ago
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Progress! Excellent!Awesome!

JR
$55
Joshua Rowley
17 days ago
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$100
Doctör Ivan
25 days ago
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Much Success In Your Venture. Love You Guys and All You D

BB
$100
Brett Bereny
1 month ago
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Let me know when i can move in! ❤️

MG
$100
Mike Good
1 month ago
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Let me know if you need any help with labor or anything.

KA
$50
Kathryn Arnold
1 month ago
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RM
$100
Rick McCathron
1 month ago
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$25
Reggan and JJ Jastram
1 month ago
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1
Gary Orona
1 month ago

Thank you Bill and Mary Wilmarth, Cynthia Mullvain, and Steven Sykes for firing up this campaign! You are truly beautiful folks!

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