“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.
This was a great stop for the kids on our trip! It isn't very far off the freeway either. You have to pay per adult/ vehicle but it is not much. The museum is very informative and there is an interactive kids area with Lincoln Logs they can play with. There are lots of buildings to explore and of course the fort (behind the museum). The buildings you walk into all have gift shops so be warned. There is a huge covered picnic area with bathrooms too. My boys loved the wooden rifles at the gift shop and ran around the fort pretending to be soldiers.
Nice museum with good displays and movies. Don't miss the fort, it's tucked behind the museum.
the museum here is really nice with good displays for kids and adults alike! head back to the museum first and the original Bridger fort before touring the military homes in the front of the park.
Loved this place. There was so much history to see and looked like lots of hard work had gone into restoring buildings. There were two stores with clerks dressed in time period relevant clothing. Lots of info on outlaws, time period weddings, Mormon journey, Indian heritage at the time. Couldn't see all of it.
Interesting stop for the historical value. The "fort" has a gift shop in the style of an old west store. I enjoyed seeing lots of different smaller animals. You can explore this place pretty quickly. I probably wouldn't recommend it as a highlight, but as a more interesting place to get out and walk than a rest stop (it was on the way to my next location).
Bigger than we expected. Very cool place. Great old buildings, informational plaques and videos, beautiful property. Worth the stop.
Appropriate for all ages.
Loved this stop! The history of what this place was from trading post, to military post, and how they replicated it all was neat. My kids (7, 9, 17) where so apprehensive about going, but they actually ended up enjoying it a lot. 😀
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