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

Fort Bridger: A Trading Post

 
 
Fort Bridger: A Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Fort Bridger: A Trading Post Marker
Captions: (upper right) Fort Bridger drawn by Frederick Pierce in 1853; (bottom right) Jim Bridger (l), Louis Vasquez (r).
Inscription. At the close of the fur trade era, western America history began to take on a more permanent shape. The motivation of people coming west shifted away from exploration and hunting. Families were seeking land to clear and farm; men were hoping to find fortunes in the gold fields; and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were seeking a place to practice their religion and build there own communities.
The establishment of Fort Bridger played a major role in defining this transition. It has been credited with being the first fort west of the Mississippi River that was built specifically to provide services to the emigrants. Even though the first two locations Jim Bridger tried were not successful, this one was destined to flourish. In fact, this location has been steadily occupied and re-occupied from Bridger's time to the present.

The Sill Log
The present log segments that you can see just inside the Mormon Wall foundation are all that remains of the trading post operated by Jim Bridger and his partner Louis Vasquez. The fort was built of logs and daubed with mud and was described by some emigrants as "a shabby concern."

"I have established a small fort with a blacksmith shop and a supply of iron in the road of the emigrants on Black Fork of Green River, which promises fairly.
Fort Bridger: A Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Fort Bridger: A Trading Post Marker
In coming out here they are generally well supplied with money, but by the time they get here they are in need of all kinds of supplies, horses, provisions, smith work, etc." -- From a letter dictated by Jim Bridger to Pierre Choteau Jr., December 1843

 
Location. 41° 19.056′ N, 110° 23.586′ W. Marker is in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker can be reached from Business U.S. 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. Mormon Occupation (a few steps from this marker); Women at the Trading Post (a few steps from this marker); The Mormon Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks (Museum) (within shouting distance of this marker); Digging Up the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road to Zion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Bridger.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Bridger Historic Site near the museum. Obtain a map at the entrance or museum.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 21 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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