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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

James Bridger

1804-1881

 
 
James Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 28, 2015
1. James Bridger Marker
Inscription.
Jim Bridger was one of the most famous of the mountain men. He was an Indian fighter fur trapper and trader, guide to the Far West, U.S. Army Scout and explorer. He discovered the South Pass through the Rockies in 1827, the Great Salt Lake in 1834, and founded Fort Bridger in 1843. Bridger National Forest was named in his honor. In 1855 he bought a large farm near the old community of Dallas at 103 & State Line. Then in 1866 he bought Chouteauís store at 504 Westport Road, which is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Westport. He died at age 77. Bridgerís final resting place is in Mount Washington Cemetery.

 
Erected 1987 by Native Sons, Kansas City, Missouri and the Westport Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 3.22′ N, 94° 35.435′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Westport Road, in the median on Broadway Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Calvin McCoy (here, next to this marker); Alexander Majors (here, next to this marker); Three Trails West
James Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 28, 2015
2. James Bridger Marker
The Statue of the three Westport pioneers: Majors, McCoy, and Bridger.
(a few steps from this marker); West Port, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Harris House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Action Before Westport (about 300 feet away); The Albert G. Boone Store (about 400 feet away); The French and the Santa Fe Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Categories. ExplorationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
James Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 28, 2015
3. James Bridger Marker
The Bridger marker is one of three markers placed in front of a statue in Pioneer Park. The three plaques are for: Majors, John Calvin McCoy, and James Bridger. The Bridger marker is on the right.
James Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 28, 2015
4. James Bridger Marker
View as you approach Pioneer Park from the south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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