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Fort Bridger in Uinta County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Digging Up the Past

 
 
Digging Up the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Digging Up the Past Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Archaeologists from Western Wyoming College; (upper right) 1867 photograph of Fort Bridger.
Inscription. Beginning as a Wyoming Centennial project in 1990, archaeologists from Western Wyoming College have been working to uncover the physical remains of 19th century life at Fort Bridger. As the fort evolved over time, from an emigrant supply station, to an outpost of Mormon settlement, to a major military post, to a settled agricultural community, the needs of those who lived at the fort changed.
As a result, the physical layout of the post was constantly being altered as buildings were added, modified, torn down, or moved. Architectural remnants from these successive occupations have been uncovered and stabilized at the archaeological site just south of the museum - the building directly in front of you.

Architectural Evolution at This Excavation
A log trading post, run by famous mountain man Jim Bridger and his partner Louis Vasquez, stood on this site from 1843-1853.
During the Mormon occupation, the trading post was enclosed by a massive cobblestone wall, completed in 1857.
The 1867 photo above captures the deteriorating Mormon Wall and the earliest structures built by the army. Soldiers pose in front of the commissary building, which you can see today as the middle building in front of you.
The other buildings inside the Mormon Wall and the remains of the wall itself were eventually
Digging Up the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Digging Up the Past Marker
This marker is on the right.
removed by the army to make room for the 1880 barracks, which presently houses the museum.
 
Location. 41° 19.071′ N, 110° 23.551′ W. Marker is in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker can be reached from Business Interstate 80 near Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Bridger WY 82933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (Museum) (here, next to this marker); Post Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Women at the Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Bridger: A Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mormon Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Bridger.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Bridger State Park.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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