Fort Bridger Travel Guide

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Fort Bridger Things to Do

  • Bridger-Vasquez Co. 1840s Trading

    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,...

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  • Fort Bridgers Commanders Quarters

    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...

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  • 1880 Barracks- Museum

    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...

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  • Carter's Freight Wagon

    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.MuseumMay 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 -...

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  • 1887 Guard House

    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.MuseumMay 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....

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  • Fort Bridger Pony Express Monument

    The marker reads:Fort BridgerEstablished in 1858As a military post AsloPony ExpressStationAnd on the Old Oregon TrailYou 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...

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  • Grave of Thornburgh the Dog

    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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  • Reconstructed Bridger Era Stockade

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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