Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming - November 14, 2018

Last week I told you that Fort Bridger began its life as a trading post, designed to provide supplies to the emigrants traveling the Oregon Trail. Though Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez established it together in 1843, it bore Bridger's name, undoubtedly because he was the more famous of the two. Some refer to Bridger as the Daniel Boone of the Rockies.

I suspect the pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail didn't care about the name. What mattered to them was that the trading post sold vital goods and had a blacksmith shop. At this point in their journey, they needed both.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming - November 7, 2018

This month we're going to travel to Fort Bridger, which is currently one of the Wyoming Parks. I say "currently," because the site has a number of different identities in its past.

It was founded as a trading post by Mountain Man Jim Bridger, then became part of the Mormon Fort Supply. A few years later, the US Army took control of the site and remained there until 1890. But the story didn't end with the Army's departure. In the 1930s when automobile travel became popular, Fort Bridger was the site of some unique cabins. And now it's a state park. See what I mean about a varied past?

I hope you'll enjoy this month's posts. And, if you were wondering, this picture, showing Fort Bridger as the "historical hub of trade and travel," can be found in the museum.