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    Bridger-Vasquez Co. 1840s Trading

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fort Bridger began as a simple trading post established by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843 to service the emigrants as a supply stop along the Oregon Trail. It was obtained by the Mormons in the early 1850's and then became a military outpost in 1858. It very location was essential to the western expansions of mountain men, Indians, emigrants, Pony Express, overland stage, the Union, and the U.S. Army.

    It remained U.S. government property until 1890. It was later abondon and many of the buildings where sold and moved off. Then in 1933 is was dedicated as a historical landmark and museum.

    Site Grounds open year-round 8 a.m. to sunset, daily.

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    Fort Bridgers Commanders Quarters

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One interesting fact is the Commanders quarters, which is a lovely Victorian, was sold and moved off the property during the dark times of abandonment. The individual who bought this huge home, disassembled it and stored it. Do you believe that? So when it came time the historical society looking to buy back the original buildings it was gladley donated back to the park and reassembled at its original site.

    They have tours of this wonderful building now.

    Open year around 8 a.m. to sunset, daily

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    1880 Barracks- Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although, many of the original buidlings are gone or in decay, the ones that are left are special. They stand now in their original sites so you can see maybe how the fort was arranged. The 1880 barracks housed the military when they were stationed here, but now it is where the museum is located. What I remember is the museum was wonderfully put together. The displays were all encased to protect them, but what was amazing was how many artifacts they have found. Kind of like 18th century trash if you think about it. So if you have the chance make sure you venture over to the museum.

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    Carter's Freight Wagon

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This wagon belonged to Judge W. A. Carter, a pioneer rancher. It nicely covered under a cover to keep it preserved.

    Site Grounds open year-round 8 a.m. to sunset, daily.

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    1887 Guard House

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the 1887 Guard House. It kind of sits all by itself. I am surprised that someone hadn't bought it, but maybe because it was too small. Still, I am glad it is still there.

    Site Grounds open year-round 8 a.m. to sunset, daily.

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    Fort Bridger Pony Express Monument

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The marker reads:

    Fort Bridger
    Established in 1858
    As a military post
    Aslo
    Pony Express
    Station
    And on the
    Old Oregon Trail

    You know, you have to appreciate the hardship our ancestors experienced. Bad enough having hoofing it across the plains, rocky mountains, and the harsh summer months. Yet, to ride a horse practically at full speed across the terrain was hard on the body and soul for both man and beast. You have to learn to trust your saddle and what is underneath it. Horses trip and fall too. And they in turn have to trust the one with the hat. So bless all those pony express riders and their trusty steeds!

    Site Grounds open year-round 8 a.m. to sunset, daily.

    Museum
    May 1-Sept. 30: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Daily. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.

    Oct. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends and by appointment when staff is available.
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30: Closed

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    Reconstructed Bridger Era Stockade

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Every year, there's a celebration anniversary for Fort Bridger, and during the centennial celebration, a facsimile Fort Bridger stockade was constructed by volunteers. The work is showing some age now, but it otherwise an excellent representation of what Fort Bridger may have been at the start.

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    Earliest Structures

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Fort Bridger, Mormon Wall
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    Nothing remains of Jim Bridger's original wooden stockade, bu behind the museum are the remains of some original foundations and a wall erected during the Mormon period. This has been repaired with concrete and so poorly preserved except for the roof built over it. This wall is important symbolically to the Mormon's, apparently.

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    Museum and Bookstore

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Fort Bridger Museum Display
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    Fort Bridger has a very nice museum with both authentic artifacts found at the fort and creative displays that show the various epics with the life of the fort. The bookstore and gift shop is well stocked and worth browsing.

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    Fort Bridger Military Buildings

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Guard House at Fort Bridger
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    Most of the white washed buildings at Fort Bridger were built during its use as a US Army military post. There are the barracks and a guard house. Many buildings are gone, with only scant evidence of foundations available for the visitor now within lawn areas.

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    Old Lincoln Highway Motel Near Entrance

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Old Lincoln Highway Motel at Fort Bridger
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    Near the entrance to Fort Bridger, shrouded within a forest, are the remains of an old motel built in the early 30's, perhaps. This is private property and not open to the public, but it seems worth saving somehow.

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    Grave of Thornburgh the Dog

    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Thornburgh the Dog's Grave
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    A famous dog is buried at Fort Bridger. There have been several books written about this mutt, and frankly his grave site is as good as it gets even for humans.

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