|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — A Path Well-Traveled|
|Southern Wyoming has served as a major travel corridor since the mid 1800s – and for good reason. Emigrants traveling west needed safe routes where food and water were available. Guides familiar with the region determined the best route was across the basins of Wyoming, passing north of the southern Rocky Mountains. Over the next century, stagecoach routes, railroads, telegraph and telephone lines, and roadways would be established along this corridor.
1843-1869 . . . — Map (db m67756) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Almy|
|Nineteenth Century railroads were dependent upon coal for fuel. The vast coal reserves of southern Wyoming helped determine the route of the transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad and were the basis for Wyoming's first energy boom. Communities sprang up along the line and several with coal deposits or rail facilities survived. Coal mines were opened in the surrounding Bear River Valley in 1868. Dreams of prosperity lured miners from England, Scandinavia, China, and from throughout the . . . — Map (db m36537) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Aspen Tunnel|
|One of the greatest improvements by the Union Pacific Railroad occurred with the construction of Aspen Tunnel. It saved 10 miles in distance from Leroy to Evanston.
Work began on the tunnel in November 13, 1899, and was completed October 9, 1902. It was a single-track tunnel until the Altamont Tunnel was constructed in 1947 and completed November 19, 1949. A side adventure to the tunnel from Mirror Lake Scenic Byway may be taken on an unimproved dirt road east of the Bear Town interpretive site. — Map (db m90122) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Bear River City|
|Nothing remains today as a reminder that Bear River City was one of the notorious "end-of-track" towns along the original Union Pacific transcontinental railroad line. Initially called Gilmer, the town was first settled by lumberjacks who arrived in 1867 and supplied ties to the approaching railroad. The population of the settlement swelled to nearly 2,000 as construction of the Echo Tunnel in Utah and the onset of winter held up tracklaying.
This railroad boomtown, its name changed to Bear . . . — Map (db m90107) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Bear River Watershed|
|The Bear River Watershed spreads across 7,500 square miles of mountain and valley lands that encompass portions of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Bear River is the main tributary to the Great Salt Lake and is the longest stream in the western hemisphere that does not empty into an ocean. Crossing state boundaries five times along its 500-mile path—the watershed is entirely enclosed by mountains, which form a huge basin with no drainage outlets.
The Bear River Basin is . . . — Map (db m67972) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Evanston|
|Evanston was established by the Union Pacific Railroad Company late in 1868. In the first county election, September 6, 1870, Evanston was chosen county seat. Union Pacific Railroad shops moved here in the fall of 1871. Timber and sawmill operations were the leading business. Cattle and sheep ranching became the basic industry of Unita county. In the '70s and early '80s, a Chinese Joss House, one of the three in the United States, attracted thousands of Chinese for Chinese New Year's Day . . . — Map (db m67738) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — 183 — Evanston Downtown Historic District|
| The National Register
of Historic Places
Wyoming Place No. 183 — Map (db m36492) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — 78 — First Brick Church|
|In February 1873 a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized in Evanston by President William Budge, of Bear Lake Valley, Idaho. On May 23, 1873 William G. Burton was ordained bishop. On June 24, 1890 this ward was incorporated under the laws of the state of Wyoming and named Evanston. The board of trustees were James Brown, Thomas Parkinson, John Whittle, Frank Mills and Arthur W. Sims. In 1890 this group, with James Brown as Bishop built the first brick church in Wyoming. — Map (db m36400) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Hilliard City and Piedmont — Flumes, Kilns, Logging Industry — Side Adventures|
| Several plaques are located at this kiosk
Hilliard City and Piedmont
Early settlers began to arrive on "Hilliard Flats" in 1860 to ranch and grow crops. Long, cold winters and short growing seasons made it difficult to survive, but soon there were homes, a hotel, cafe, store and other commercial buildings. It was the center for the logging industry. Many charcoal kilns were located here.
After trains switched from coal to steam and charcoal was no longer needed, . . . — Map (db m90438) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Hilliard, Wyoming — Poverty Flats to Productive Ranches|
|The first settler in the Hilliard area was John Myers who arrived in the middle to late 1850s. He worked at Fort Bridger in 1857, and in 1860 made his home on the Bear River where the Salt Lake Trail (California/Mormon Trail) crossed the river, a place called Myers' Crossing. Homesteaders arrived in 1860, many of whom later worked in the timber and charcoal industry during the time of the Union Pacific Railroad. Timber was cut in the Uinta Mountains with logs floated down a flume and delivered . . . — Map (db m90437) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Historic Trails|
|The Oregon and California Trails came into Uinta County from South Pass, whereas the Overland Trail came through Bridger Pass. In 1845, more than 3,000 emigrant were on the Oregon Trail seeking adventure, fortune or religious freedom.
The Mormon pioneers started out from Winter Quarters on the Missouri River on April 15, 1847. They left the Oregon Trail at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, and proceeded through Echo Canyon to Emigration Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley, arriving July 24, 1847. — Map (db m90113) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Lincoln Highway — Sunset Cabins|
The Lincoln Highway was established in 1913 as the nation's first coast-to-coast automobile route. It consisted of existing roads that were marked with the distinctive Lincoln Highway logo. Perhaps the most famous means of identification was a concrete post with a Lincoln Head Medallion as seen here. This marker was an Eagle Scout Project placed here November 8, 2003 by Evanston Boy Scout Joseph Platt, Troop 200. This marker was donated by Bruce Hudson of Evanston, Wyoming.
In . . . — Map (db m67739) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Meyers Crossing|
|This crossing was on the historic Mormon Trail. Lands surrounding the crossing were a welcome rest stop for weary pioneers. John Myers ferried emigrants across the Bear River and provided needed supplies from his store.
In 1858, the Myers Ranch, located where the bridge cross the Bear River on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, was designated the Bear River Station on the Overland Stage Route. Mail and freight were left at the ranch. This ranch became a changing station for the Pony Express in 1861. — Map (db m90120) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Mormon Trail|
by the members of
the Woodruff Stake
of the Church of
Jesus Christ of
in honor of the
passed this spot
July 12, 1847
under the leadership
of Brigham Young
Sep. 20, 1924 — Map (db m90124) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Native Americans|
|Both Shoshone and Arapahoe Indians camped in this area from the early 1800s until the Fort Bridger Treaty Council of 1868 established the Wind River Reservation.
They traded beadwork and pelts to the early pioneers for other goods. Chief Washakie was the major influence in keeping peace and safety for pioneers and their settlements. Chief Washakie died in 1900, respected by all who knew him. — Map (db m90123) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — The Wyoming State Hospital|
|In 1886, the Territorial Legislature established the Wyoming State Hospital, originally named the Wyoming State Asylum for the Insane, to provide care for mentally ill citizens. The site chosen for the hospital was at the southern edge of Evanston on a hill overlooking the town.
The first building, completed in 1887, contained male and female wards, offices and staff living quarters. It burned in 1917. The remaining buildings at the north end of the grounds – all of red brick and of . . . — Map (db m36549) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Transcontinental Railroad|
|The most important event in the development of this area was the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. The tracks came into Wyoming Territory in 1867. Many towns, now vanished, preceded the graders, bridge builders, tie hacks, and gandy dancers.
Gone are Hampton, Elmhurst, Bridger Station, Antelope Station, Leroy, Piedmont, Aspen and Altamonte Stations, Tapioca, Bear Town, Spring Valley, Hilliard City and Mills. Their importance to the permanence of Uinta County will long be remembered. — Map (db m90121) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — 105 — Uinta County Courthouse|
|The National Register
of Historic Places -
Wyoming Place No. 105
Courthouse — Map (db m37232) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — 183 — Uinta County Library (Carnegie Library) 1906|
The National Register of Historic Places
Wyoming Place No. 183
Downtown Evanston Historic District — Map (db m36477) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Wyoming's Sagebrush Sea|
|Your trip across Wyoming takes you through vast expanses of shrublands made up mostly of sagebrush. To the casual observer this landscape may appear desolate, but sagebrush shrublands are diverse and home to a variety of wildflowers, birds, and animals.
Wyoming has more sagebrush than any other state, occupying more than 50% of its lands. Different species of sagebrush have distinct elevation, soil, and moisture requirements. Of the 13 different types of sagebrush found in Wyoming, six of . . . — Map (db m67971) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — "Thornburgh" was a dog...|
|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 . . . — Map (db m90637) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — 1st Commanding Officer's Quarters|
|From 1858 to 1890 the area in the foreground was occupied by the log and frame structure shown in the photograph. The building was the fourth Officers' Quarters in a row of six constructed shortly after For Bridger was declared a military post in 1857. For sixteen years it served as the Commanding Officer's residence with frame extensions added in 1868 and 1873 to provide a kitchen, servants room, parlor and two bedrooms. A new frame Commanding Officer's Quarters was completed in 1884 after . . . — Map (db m90642) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Bridger's Stockade|
|These log buildings and corrals are a reconstruction of the trading post operated by mountain men Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1846. The post was originally built in 1843 when the fur trade was rapidly dying due to a change in Eastern fashions and depletion of beaver from Rocky Mountain streams. The establishment of this trading post, known as Fort Bridger, marked the end of the era of free roaming trappers and the beginning of the westward movement of civilization. Thousands of emigrants . . . — Map (db m90616) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Carriage House, Stables and Chicken Coop|
|This set of buildings completed the holdings of the Post Trader. The first board and batten building with the large double doors served as the carriage house. Judge Carter owned several animal-drawn vehicles which lent an air of wealth to the isolated frontier outpost. He also constructed a stable next to the carriage house for his teams, as well as for use by the Pony Express for the little more than a year that this service kept a station at Fort Bridger. A tack room connected to the stables, . . . — Map (db m90748) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Charcoal Kilns|
|were built by Moses Byrne, 1869,
to supply the pioneer smelters
in the Utah Valley. — Map (db m90440) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Commanding Officer's Quarters. — 1884-1890|
|This structure was of frame construction and completed in 1884 during a period of extensive improvement at the Post. It supplanted the old log Commanding Officers Quarters which had been in use since 1850.
After the abandonment of Fort Bridger in 1890, the building was sold and move to a new location a short distance northeast.
The structure subsequently served as a hotel for several years. — Map (db m90685) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Commanding Officer's Quarters.|
|This two story victorian house served as the Commanding Officer's quarters from 1884 until the post was abandoned in 1890. The luxury of the quarters and the list of V.I.P.'s who were entertained here suggest that the intended use of this building was as a guest house for visiting Army and civilian dignitaries.
Originally constructed between 1883-4, this building was purchased by a local family around the turn-of-the-century, move closer to the highway and converted into a hotel. In the . . . — Map (db m90686) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Digging Up the Past|
|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, . . . — Map (db m90580) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Fort Bridger|
As a Trading Post in 1843
U. S. Military Post
On the Overland Trail
June 10, 1858 to October 6, 1890
This monument erected by
a few interested residents of the
Community in the year
1914 — Map (db m36619) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Fort Bridger — Carter Military Road|
| Established 1858
As a Military Post
An on the
Old Oregon Trail — Map (db m90696) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Fort Bridger in 1889|
|Above is a copy of a watercolor of Fort Bridger done by Merritt D. Houghton (1845-1918), known for his historic illustrations of Wyoming towns, ranches and mines. The view is toward the south and the Uinta Mountains.
In 1889, the date of this painting, the fort had but one year remaining in its existence as a United States military post. The following year, as a result of the vanishing frontier and the lack of a need for forts such as this one, the army abandoned Fort Bridger. — Map (db m90750) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Fort Bridger: A Trading Post|
|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 . . . — Map (db m90618) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Grave of Thornburgh, the Dog|
|As a pup, Thornburgh was found by soldiers and named in honor of Major T.T. Thornburgh who was killed by Indians in 1879. The dog earned himself a place of respect over the years and is credited with several heroic deed. They include the capture of a commissary thief during which he received a stab wound; warning soldiers of approaching Indians, thus preventing theft or stampeding of their horses and mules; saving a young boy from drowning; and preventing one man from killing another by . . . — Map (db m90636) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — HW 3 — Hastings Cutoff - Muddy Creek|
|"At three o'clock p.m. we crossed Muddy Creek, a beautiful clear stream of water with a pebbly bottom, and camped on the west side after traveling 3 miles during the day ... we had a pretty campground... The brethren sang hymns for the President; it was a delightful evening."
Thomas Bullock, July 9, 1847 — Map (db m36566) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Ice House, Warehouse and Mess Hall|
|At the northeast corner of Judge Carter's complex rose the log chinked ice house. Three doors at the southern side appeared one over the other, allowing this tall building of 18 feet 7 inches by 14 1/4 feet to be entered at all levels as the ice stock began to grow lower with the coming of warmer weather. Ice could be taken to the stone building next door, the two story warehouse and butcher shop-meat storage area. The lower story contained the beef and included a type of walk in freezer while . . . — Map (db m90731) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Infantry Barracks (Museum)|
|Completed in 1887, this building served as an infantry barracks, or housing for infantry troops stationed here. With an interior of wooden floors and plastered walls, it was a vast improvement over the rude log barracks in use since 1858. Shaped like an inverted capital 'T', the front part, or top of the 'T' measures 102' x 38' and faces the parade grounds. The majority of this section was a dormitory where a fifty-man company lived and slept. On the right side were three small shop rooms and a . . . — Map (db m90579) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Jim Bridger|
Famous mountain man, trader and scout Donated by the Fort Bridger Historical Association Dedicated 8-8-08
Artist David A. Clark — Map (db m13650) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Mormon Occupation|
|The neat row of mortared cobblestones (#1) is a remnant of the west wall of the Mormon fort, which was completed in late summer of 1857. It is the largest and most impressive feature uncovered in recent excavations at Fort Bridger. The lighter colored stone foundation (#4) ties into the cobblestones, indicating that it was constructed during the same period.
Upon the approach of the U.S. Army, in the fall of 1857, Mormon forces deliberately set fire to Fort Bridger and retreated. A thick . . . — Map (db m90621) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — 511 — Muddy Creek Camp and Crossing|
|The Muddy Creek Camp, which was northwest of this marker and on the west side of the Muddy Creek was used by Brigham Young's first group of Mormon pioneers who arrived here on July 9, 1847. Thomas Bullock reported that the brethren sang hymns for President Brigham Young, and they had a delightful evening. This camp had good water and plenty of grass, and the animals were well-fed by the tall bunch-grass growing along the creek. Erastus Snow described the campground as "very pretty." . . . — Map (db m36573) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Officer's Quarters (log)|
|This log and frame officer's quarters was among the first buildings constructed at Fort Bridger in 1858. The log section of this cabin measures 41' x 33' with the rear addition of frame construction measuring 22.5' x 22'. It stood first in a row of six such cabins for officers and their families. Now it and the 1884 Commanding Officer's Quarters at the end of the boardwalk are the only buildings that remain along 'Officers Row'.
In the frontier army, a newly-arrived officer could evict and . . . — Map (db m90640) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Officer's Quarters and Enlisted Men's Barracks|
|This sketch of Fort Bridger appeared in the June 16, 1873 issue of New York's Daily Graphic, Shown are six log officer's quarters on the left; the hospital in the background; and the enlisted men's barracks on the right. — Map (db m90749) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Old Fort Bridger — Pioneer Trading Post|
|The fort was established about 1842 by Jim Bridger discoverer of Great Salt Lake; notable pioneer, trapper, fur trader, scout and guide. Bridger was born at Richmond, Virginia, March 17, 1804 and died at Westport, Missouri, July 17, 1881. His unerring judgement regarding problems of trappers, traders, soldiers, emigrants and gold-seekers, bordered on the miraculous, and his advice was universally in demand in the early history of this state.
Bridger has been prominently recognized as . . . — Map (db m36596) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Old Guardhouse|
|Built in 1868 of quarried limestone slabs, this guardhouse was a replacement for the not-so-secure log guardhouse that stood fifty yards north of here. With walls 2' thick, the exterior dimensions were 24' x 58'. The height of the roof went from 10' at the eve to 16' at the top of the pitch.
The front portion served as the guard room, or headquarters for the 24-hour sentry force which guarded the fort and escorted prisoners on work details. It measured 28' x 20'. The prisoner's area in the . . . — Map (db m90582) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Post Commissary|
|The post commissary, erected in 1867, measured 28' x 100' and was built of cut stone quarried about two miles west of the fort. A portion of the old cobblerock Mormon Wall was utilized to form a section of the building's north wall.
The commissary provided a vital service to men of Fort Bridger. It was from this building that men received their rations. In addition, a wide variety of supplies, including lighting devices, stationary, pens and ink could be purchased here by troops as well as . . . — Map (db m90581) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Post Sun Dial|
|made under direction of Major E.R.S. Candy 10-th Infantry Post Commander 1853 (sic) -1860. Killed by Modoc Indians. — Map (db m90643) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Post Trader’s House|
|Judge Carter began building his home in 1858 and continually added onto it as his family grew and his status improved. The house was a frame structure with board and batten siding. Two bay windows flanked the front porch. The Carter’s boasted one of the largest libraries in the region, and enjoyed several conveniences found in fine Eastern residences of the period. For this reason noted scientists, generals, railroad executives and other distinguished travelers welcomed an invitation to the . . . — Map (db m90746) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — School House, Milk House & Wash House|
|As an indication of his wealth and influence William Carter provided three buildings not commonly available to the average person on the American frontier. The first frame building served the family as a private school. It measured a mere 11 feet 3 inches by 14 feet 3 inches. Here the six children of Judge Carter received their rudiments of education. The adjacent stone structure was a milk house, an 11 feet by 16 1/2 feet processing and storage facility for luxury dairy products. The third . . . — Map (db m90732) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box|
|This building was constructed in 1887 and served as the post guardhouse until 1890. It was used to confine prisoners and to house men during their 24-hour shifts on guard duty. In addition to supervising the work activities of the prisoners, a guard's duty included protecting the supply houses by foot patrol and watching out for fires. Prisoners were primarily soldiers, sometimes civilians, and generally served less than ten days in the poorly heated, unlighted cells. They sept on mattresses on . . . — Map (db m90635) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The Carter Cemetery|
|The decedents re-interred here in 1933 represent a very significant cross section of those individuals whose name and contributions will ever be associated with Fort Bridger's early day history. Of particular interest are......
"Uncle Jack" (John) Robertson - an early mountain trapper who came to the vicinity in the 1830s and remained until his death. A colorful local character, it is said he was instrumental in convincing Jim Bridger of the wisdom of establishing a trading post on the . . . — Map (db m90688) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — 52 — The First School House in Wyoming|
|In 1860 Judge Wm. A. Carter erected this school house for the education of his four daughters, two sons and other children of the fort. Competent instructors from the east were employed and the students of this school were permitted to enter Eastern colleges without further preparation. Thus the way was paved for future education in Wyoming. — Map (db m90728) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The Lincoln Highway — Orange and Black Garage Camp Cabins|
| In 1928, the Boy Scouts erected 2,400 of these monuments to commemorate the first Coast to Coast Highway from New York to San Francisco.
We dedicate this monument to the memory of Mr. Albino Fillin of Fort Bridger who though to save it for future generations.
A special thanks to Mr. Floyd Fillin for donating this monument to us. It is thoughtful persons such as these that help to preserve our heritage.
Lincoln Highway Association
Pat Turner - Eagle Scout — Map (db m90689) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — 25 — The Mormon Wall|
|On August 3, 1855 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concluded arrangements for the purchase of Fort Bridge from Louis Vasquez, partner of James Bridger, for $3,000. Final payment was made October 18, 1858. A cobblestone wall was erected in
the Fall of 1855, replacing Bridger's stockade. A few
additional log house were built within the fort. The
place was evacuated and burned on approach of
Johnston's army September 27, 1857. A portion of the
wall is here preserved. In 1855 . . . — Map (db m90617) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The Post Trader|
|The buildings in this area are virtually all that remain of the once thriving commercial empire of Judge William Alexander Carter and his wife Mary, Fort Bridger's only two Post Traders. Carter arrived at Fort Bridger with Colonel Albert S. Johnston's Army in 1857 and soon received the appointment as Post Trader. Selling to soldiers, emigrants, railroad builders, cattlemen, settlers, and Indians, William Carter amassed a fortune and became one of Wyoming Territory's most influencial (sic) . . . — Map (db m90724) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The Post Trader's Store|
|Although Judge Carter dabbled in many areas, his main responsibility revolved around his activities as the post trader at Fort Bridger. In this store he sold various items not supplied by the Army to the garrison, including limited amounts of liquor. A post council of administration set a ceiling on prices to make sure that the military received a fair deal. In addition to food, dry goods and other items regularly found in a general store of this period, Carter also provided a post office, as . . . — Map (db m90727) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — The Road to Zion|
|From the late 1840s through the 1860s, an exodus of more than 70,000 Mormons passed by here on their way to their "New Zion" in Utah. Starting from Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846, the first group of at least 13,000 Mormons crossed into Iowa to escape religious persecution, then spent the next winter in the area of present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1847, Brigham Young led an advance party of 143 men, 2 women, and 3 children along the Platte River. At Fort Bridger, . . . — Map (db m90583) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Town of Piedmont — Piedmont Kilns -- Charcoal Making — Union Pacific Railroad|
|Four panels are located at the kiosk
Town of Piedmont
Located west of the kilns, the town of Piedmont started out as a logging camp supplying ties for the approaching Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. It also served as a base camp for graders building the railroad bed over nearby Aspen Mountain. More and more people moved to Piedmont to work for the railroad or logging operations. The town became a thriving community - complete with a general store, hotel, school, . . . — Map (db m90444) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Women at the Trading Post|
|This archaeological excavation has helped to document the prominent roll Native American women played in the day-to-dat activities of the trading post. They traded with travelers, provided food for guests, and at times, actually ran the post.
Needles, pins, and stone tools were recovered from the floor of one of the structures. Along side these tools, beads and buttons from women's clothing and a solitary women's wedding band were found on the dirt floor of the trading post. Women living . . . — Map (db m90620) HM|
|Wyoming (Uinta County), Lyman — The Mormon Pioneers|
The Members of
in Honor of
The Mormon Pioneers
Who passed this point
Wednesday July 7, 1847
and in subsequent years — Map (db m36620) HM|