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

The “New” Guardhouse & Sentry Box

 
 
The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box Marker
Inscription. This building was constructed in 1887 and served as the post guardhouse until 1890. It was used to confine prisoners and to house men during their 24-hour shifts on guard duty. In addition to supervising the work activities of the prisoners, a guard's duty included protecting the supply houses by foot patrol and watching out for fires. Prisoners were primarily soldiers, sometimes civilians, and generally served less than ten days in the poorly heated, unlighted cells. They sept on mattresses on the floor with one blanket or fur robe each. and were not allowed to have any luxuries like tobacco or books.
The exterior dimensions of this stone building measured 31' x 36'6". The interior consisted of an office for the Officer of the Day, a room for the guard, one general confinement cell measuring 13'10" x 16'6", and three solitary confinement cells measuring only 4'3" x 7'3". The ceiling is 14' high.
During its existence, the guardhouse was deemed too small for the size of garrison it served because the general confinement cell was often overcrowded. The restoration of this building was completed in 1987, 100 years after is construction.

Sentry Box
A small wooden structured which was used by the guards during bad weather sits a few yards for the left of the guardhouse. It is called the Sentry Box and measures
The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. The "New" Guardhouse & Sentry Box Marker
approximately four feet square. It has windows on three sides and a door in the back.
 
Erected by Fort Bridger Historical Association.
 
Location. 41° 19.092′ N, 110° 23.513′ 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. Fort Bridger in 1889 (within shouting distance of this marker); Digging Up the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks (Museum) (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road to Zion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mormon Wall (about 400 feet away); Officer's Quarters and Enlisted Men's Barracks (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.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Guard Room image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. The Guard Room
"The beds are slanted to insure that the guards would not fall asleep while on guard duty."
Sentry Box image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
4. Sentry Box
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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