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

Post Commissary

 
 
Post Commissary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Post Commissary Marker
Inscription. 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 by certain civilian employees.
During 1983 and 1984 the remaining part of the commissary was restored. The interior now consists of a room that served as an office and sleeping quarters for the clerk, and the sales or issue room where men were given their rations. The rear of the building, now missing, was the storeroom for the supplies. Since such storerooms were frequently targets of theft, the clerk's sleeping quarters provided some extra security.
Due to the completion of a new commissary and increased concern regarding the building's deterioration, in 1884 the army converted this building into an indoor shooting gallery. By 1887 it was serving as a storage area for rough lumber, and, when the army left in 1890, the commissary building's value had dropped to only $20.
 
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Post Commissary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Post Commissary Marker
Of the two markers, this marker is on the left.
Bridger Historical Association.
 
Location. 41° 19.079′ N, 110° 23.567′ 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. Touch 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. Old Guardhouse (a few steps from this marker); Digging Up the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks (Museum) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mormon Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Women at the Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Bridger: A Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road to Zion (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bridger.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Fort Bridger State Park.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The clerk's sleeping quarters. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. The clerk's sleeping quarters.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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