While it might not be as fancy or futuristic as the name would imply, the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport was christened to invite refugees from Jupiter who may have been fleeing a global catastrophe.
Consisting of little more than a dirt landing strip marked by a raggedy windsock, the "spaceport" in the northern part of Green River has been courting alien visitors since the mid-90's. In 1994, NASA learned that Jupiter was in some danger of being hit by a number of errant fragments of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet. The impacts were of great interest to the scientific community, but since the gas giant has never been thought to harbor intelligent life, the disaster seemed to be mostly academic. However a lack of evidence did not deter the city planners of Green River, Wyoming, who embraced America's heritage as a refuge for the poor and huddled masses by making ready for any potential Jovian refugees.
Realizing that there would be nowhere for homeless aliens to land, the city officially renamed their small, 5,000 foot landing strip the "Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport." Of course this change was not without opposition by residents who noted the already existing housing shortage and extant issue of terrestrial immigration. Luckily the city planners won out and the spaceport was made official, even getting approval from the FAA, who either have a hidden sense of humor, or know more than they are letting on.
To this day the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport has not seen any extraterrestrial landings, but with galactic turmoil being an almost constant threat, its good to know that the United States has open arms to the interstellar community.
Written by Eric Grundhauser, this is a slightly modified version of an article that originally ran on Atlas Obscura, the leading guide to the wondrous and curious places across the earth. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!