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

Officer's Quarters (log)

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Officer's Quarters (log) Marker
Inscription. This log and frame officer's quarters was among the first buildings constructed at Fort Bridger in 1858. The log section of this cabin measures 41' x 33' with the rear addition of frame construction measuring 22.5' x 22'. It stood first in a row of six such cabins for officers and their families. Now it and the 1884 Commanding Officer's Quarters at the end of the boardwalk are the only buildings that remain along 'Officers Row'.
In the frontier army, a newly-arrived officer could evict and assume the quarters of the man directly beneath him - a process known as 'ranking-out', dreaded by officer's wives. It often started a chain reaction that left the youngest second lieutenant pitching a tent for himself and his wife.
By the late 1880's the building served as a bachelor officer's quarters and has been refurbished to show the contrasting lifestyle of an old captain and a younger first lieutenant. Divided by a hallway, each officer has a private bedroom and parlor. They share a dining room and kitchen, which is usually the working area of the maid who is provided a small room next to the kitchen for her sleeping quarters.
After the turn of the century the rest of the log officer's quarters and many of the wooden buildings were sold at public auction and carted off to become parts of local ranges (sic) and homesteads. This
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Officer's Quarters (log) Marker
building was occupied and remained a private residence until the 1930's and, consequently, was left at Fort Bridger.
 
Erected by Fort Bridger Historical Association.
 
Location. 41° 19.088′ N, 110° 23.421′ 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. Officer's Quarters and Enlisted Men's Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Post Traderís House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post Trader (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post Trader's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The First School House in Wyoming (within shouting distance of this marker); School House, Milk House & Wash House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House, Warehouse and Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lincoln Highway (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 Historic Site. Obtain a map
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. Officer's Quarters (log)
at the entrance or museum.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
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 143 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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