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

“Thornburgh” was a dog...

 
 
"Thornburgh" was a dog... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. "Thornburgh" was a dog... Marker
Caption: "Thornburgh and Friends", Standing: John Car, J.B. Taylor, Jack Hilton, Al McCune; Seated: Bob Wilson, "Buck" Buchanan, Went Miles, "Thornburgh"
Inscription. Named after Major T.T. Thornburgn who was killed in a fight with Ute Indians near White River Agency, September 29, 1879. The dog was a survivor of a wagon train burned during the battle and grew up as a military camp follower. Eventually he ended up a Fort Bridger.
On several occasions Thornburgh distinguished himself by his heroic deeds including catching a commissary thief; warning a sentinel of marauding Indians; saving the life of a soldier in a knife fight and rescuing a small boy from drowning.
At Fort Bridger, Thornburgh became the devoted companion of a freighter, "Buck" Buchanan, and the favorite of many who frequented the Post. Thornburgh died September 27, 1888 as the result of being kicked by one of Buchanan's mules.
It is said that Thornburgh's master lies in a unmarked grave in the city cemetery at Salt Lake City.
 
Location. 41° 19.131′ N, 110° 23.436′ 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. Grave of Thornburgh, the Dog (here, next to this marker); Carriage House, Stables and Chicken Coop
"Thornburgh" was a dog... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. "Thornburgh" was a dog... Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Post Traderís House (within shouting distance of this marker); The First School House in Wyoming (within shouting distance of this marker); School House, Milk House & Wash House (within shouting distance of this marker); Officer's Quarters and Enlisted Men's Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House, Warehouse and Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Officer's Quarters (log) (about 300 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. Obtain a map at the entrance or museum.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 20 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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