Near Worland in Washakie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Jim Bridger Historic Trail
The Bridger Trail crossed the Big Horn River approximately 12 miles southwest of here, near where the community of Heiber stands today. The original Bridger Trail passed very close to this location as it paralleled the Big Horn River on its way north.
Erected by Wyoming Highway Department, the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train, Inc. and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 44° 2.844′ N, 107° 57.924′ W. Marker is near Worland, Wyoming Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 944 West River Road, Worland WY 82401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Worland, Wyoming (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pioneer Square (approx. 2.1 miles away); Trail of the Whispering Giants (approx. 2.2 miles away); C.H. "Dad" Worland (approx. 2½ miles away); Worland Sugar Factory (approx. 2½ miles away); Worland: Original Town Site (approx. 2½ miles away); Colby Mammoth Kill Site (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Also see . . . The Bridger Trail: A Safer Route to Montana Gold - WyoHistory. In 1864, prospectors demanded a faster and safer route to the new gold fields of Montana Territory. Gold and silver had been discovered the year before at Alder Gulch near Virginia City in what’s now southwestern Montana, and a new gold rush was on.
As a result, mountain man Jim Bridger blazed a trail that was safer than the better-known Bozeman Trail, which ran through Sioux country east of the Bighorn Mountains in the Powder River Basin. Bridger's trail, west of the Bighorns, was much shorter than following the Oregon Trail and Lander Cutoff before turning north toward Montana,.. (Submitted on September 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.