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

Mormon Occupation

 
 
Mormon Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Mormon Occupation Marker
Inscription. 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 layer of ash from this burn was discovered during the first year of excavation. The darker stone foundation (#3) was built by the military some time between 1858 and 1867.

" In May last the Mormons built a wall around it (Bridger's fort) with the following dimensions, wall 100 feet square inside, 5 at the base and runs up to 15 feet... These walls are built of small round stone laid in mortar. It is a strong wall and well built of the kind... All the buildings are burned." -- Captain Jesse A. Grover, Tenth Infantry, November 21, 1857
 
Location. 41° 19.059′ N, 110° 23.59′ 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.
Mormon Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Mormon Occupation Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women at the Trading Post (here, next to this marker); Fort Bridger: A Trading Post (a few steps from this marker); The Mormon Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks (Museum) (within shouting distance of this marker); Digging Up the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road to Zion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 near the museum. Obtain a map at the entrance or museum.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Excavation Site image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. The Excavation Site
The Excavation Site image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
4. The Excavation Site
 
 
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 186 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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