"Diversion to Lyman and Fort Bridger" Fort Bridger by atufft

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History of Fort Bridger

Along the I-80 route near the junction of US 30 in Wyoming, there is a well known diversion through Lyman and Fort Bridger, which is shown conveniently on a road sign map. The loop takes maybe 30 minutes to drive, but will take longer if one stops at Fort Bridger. Fort Bridger is named after famous mountain man Jim Bridger who first built a fur trading post and stockade in 1842. However, the post quickly became preoccupied with outfitting pioneers as it was also located on the Oregon Trail. The Mormons were frequent pioneers along this part of the route, and in 1857 conflict with them resulted in the burning of the stockade. The Mormons claimed to have purchased Fort Bridger, but the Mormon Church archives refused to bring to public the receipt it claims to hold. Bridger returned to Missouri, and the US Army rebuilt the fort for control of the Indians along the Oregon Trail route. During the 1860's Fort Bridger became a stage stop for the Pony Express and Overland Stage routes. Today a number of original buildings from 1858 through 1890 are still standing. Fort Bridger contains the first school house in Wyoming. Thus, Fort Bridger's considerable history witin the state of Wyoming is only exceeded by Fort Laramie at the eastern edge of the state.

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