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“a vital resupply point for wagon trains on the Oregon Trail”
Fort Bridger was originally a 19th-century fur trading outpost established in 1842 on Blacks Fork of the Green River and later a vital resupply point for wagon trains on the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Mormon Trail. The Army established a military post here in 1858 during the Utah War until it was finally closed in 1890. A small town, Fort Bridger, Wyoming, remains near the fort and takes its name from it. Established by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843 as an emigrant supply stop along the Oregon Trail. It was obtained by the Mormons in the early 1850s, and then became a military outpost in 1858. In 1933, the property was dedicated as a Wyoming Historical Landmark and Museum. There are several restored historical buildings from the military time period, a reconstructed of the trading post operated by Jim Bridger, and an interpretive archaeological site containing the base of the cobble rock wall built by the Mormons during their occupation of the fort. All of these locations are signed in Braille. In addition, a museum containing artifacts from the various different historical time periods is housed in the 1888 stone barracks building. There are gift shops in both the museum and the reconstructed trading post. There is no camping available at Fort Bridger.
Important historical Fort - worth taking a look at to put stories in perspective. Not sure what the normal fee to do so might be - as it was free on the 4th of July. To get the most out of a... Read more
Very cool location, definitely try to aim your visit during the Rendezvous event. You can feel the historical energy when you're on site. Read more
The Rendezvous is INCREDIBLE!!! I've never seen so many booths in my life and every single one had something special to offer. I've been wanting to go for the last 8 years and finally made it. I... Read more
Fort Bridger State Historic Site
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