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

The Post Trader's Store

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. The Post Trader's Store Marker
Inscription. Although Judge Carter dabbled in many areas, his main responsibility revolved around his activities as the post trader at Fort Bridger. In this store he sold various items not supplied by the Army to the garrison, including limited amounts of liquor. A post council of administration set a ceiling on prices to make sure that the military received a fair deal. In addition to food, dry goods and other items regularly found in a general store of this period, Carter also provided a post office, as well as telegraph and even telephone service in the store's many years of operation. When Judge Carter died in 1881, his wife Mary, continued in her husband's footsteps. She operated the store and its many facets, and when the government abandoned the fort in 1890, she became the custodian of the grounds until they were sold.
The building itself was an "L" shape with one wing of whitewashed wood running to the east and west for the store and a stone section which stood to the northeast for a tavern. The remains of this last section measures 25 feet 5 inches by 53 feet 4 inches. The walls rise 10 1/4 feet and the peak of the roof is 16 feet.
 
Erected by Lions Club, Lyman, WY.
 
Location. 41° 19.103′ N, 110° 23.388′ W.
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. The Post Trader's Store Marker
This maker is the right-most of the three plaques in the foreground.
Marker is in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker can be reached from Business U.S. 80 near Main Street 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 Post Trader (here, next to this marker); Fort Bridger (a few steps from this marker); Ice House, Warehouse and Mess Hall (a few steps from this marker); School House, Milk House & Wash House (a few steps from this marker); The First School House in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker); Post Traderís House (within shouting distance of this marker); Carriage House, Stables and Chicken Coop (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Bridger (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 at the entrance or museum.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesIndustry & Commerce
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
3. The Post Trader's Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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