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