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Fort Bridger

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Fort Bridger grounds from the  commander's quarters.

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Fort Bridger - Fort Bridger, Wyoming

Jim Bridger established Fort Bridger in 1843 as a fur trading post. It was composed of two double-log houses about 40 feet long that were joined by a pen for horses. The Mormon Pioneer Company reached the fort on July 7, 1847, and spent a day there but considered its prices too high.

Thomas Bullock commented, "several brethren go to make trades with the French & Indians, but few succeeded, as they could not obtain sufficient for their goods." Here the main Oregon-California Trail turned north toward Fort Hall, and the Mormon Trail/Hastings Cutoff continued west to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The fort served as a Pony Express, Overland Stage and transcontinental telegraph station in the 1860s and was garrisoned by the U.S. Army between 1857 and 1890.

The fort has a museum/visitor center and a reconstruction of Bridger's log trading post.

Fort Bridger State Historic Site
Box 35
Fort Bridger, WY 82601
Tel: 307-782-3842
 
Map image of the auto tour route driving directions for the Mormon Pioneer NHT across Wyoming.
Map image of the auto tour route driving directions for the Mormon Pioneer NHT across Wyoming.
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Jail in Carthage, Illinois where Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered during a riot.

Joseph Smith and several other high church leaders were jailed here and placed under the guard of local units of the Illinois State Militia. A few days later, on June 27, 1844, a mob of some 200 men stormed the Carthage jail and murdered Joseph and his brother, Hyrum Smith. More...