Independence in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
James Bridger Gravesite
1804 · 1881
Boy Scout Laminated Sheet
Jim's grave is decorated every Scout Sunday by members of Boy Scout Troop 87 and guests. Everyone is invited to lay a spring of evergreen at the base of his monument in the shape of a wreath. The evergreen sprig symbolizes the tree's importance to outdoors men as a provider of shelter from nature's harsh environments of sun, wind, rain, and snow. It also provides a person with the means to make and maintain a fire of friendship and warmth. The tradition of honoring Bridger started in 1931 when Chief Scout Executive Dan Baird and others moved Bridger's grave to this resting place of honor. Dan Baird thought it was only appropriate
Erected by Major General Glenville M. Dodge.
Location. 39° 5.888′ N, 94° 28.194′ W. Marker is in Independence, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road 0.4 miles from Winner Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 614 S Brookside Avenue, Independence MO 64053, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Creek Veteran's Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Confederate Line (approx. 2.3 miles away); Harry S. Truman Historic District (approx. 2½ miles away); "The Neck" (approx. 2½ miles away); Joseph T. Noland House (approx. 2½ miles away); Truman House (approx. 2½ miles away); Independence (approx. 2½ miles away); Gingko Tree (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
More about this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Mt. Washington Cemetery. Information on the Cemetery including history. (Submitted on February 6, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. James Bridger. Wikipedia Entry on James Bridger (Submitted on February 6, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Heart of America Council. Link to the local Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Submitted on February 6, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,811 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 6, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.