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

Bridger's Stockade

 
 
Bridger's Stockade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Bridger's Stockade Marker
Inscription. 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 stopped here for supplies, smith-work, or fresh animals on their way west to find land, gold, religious freedom, or a fresh start in a new land.
Jim Bridger's original fort consisted of two pole stockades. One measured 100' x 100' and contained two log cabins at right angles to one another. Each cabin was divided into two rooms. The proprietors and their families split one cabin and the other housed the blacksmith/carpenter shop and the trade room. The other enclosure measured 100' x 80' and was used to corral the livestock at night to guard them against theft.
Fort Bridger was briefly occupied by the Mormons in the early 1850's. This reconstruction was based on diary accounts and made possible by a donation by former local resident and his wife, George V. and Phila Caldwell. It was built during 1985-6 and, according to archaelogical
Bridger's Stockade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Bridger's Stockade Marker
(sic) evidence, sits about 60 yard northwest of the original.
 
Erected by Fort Bridger Historical Association.
 
Location. 41° 19.126′ N, 110° 23.603′ 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. The Road to Zion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mormon Wall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Guardhouse (about 300 feet away); Post Commissary (about 300 feet away); Women at the Trading Post (about 400 feet away); Digging Up the Past (about 400 feet away); Mormon Occupation (about 400 feet away); Infantry Barracks (Museum) (about 400 feet away). 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 Historic Site. Obtain a map at the entrance or museum.
 
Also see . . .  The Oregon Trail: Fort Bridger - History Globe. Mormon settlement near Fort Bridger led to tensions between the Mormon authorities and
Bridger's Stockade (reconstructed) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. Bridger's Stockade (reconstructed)
the federal government. President Buchanan dispatched U.S. troops to the area in 1857 under the command of Colonel A.S. Johnston
(Submitted on November 15, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Bridger's Stockade (reconstructed) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
4. Bridger's Stockade (reconstructed)
Fort Bridger blacksmith shop (reconstructed) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
5. Fort Bridger blacksmith shop (reconstructed)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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