Distance: 1,183 miles from Nauvoo
At this famous fort, the Oregon Trail swung north from
Fort Bridger while the Mormon Trail continued on another 100 miles west to the Salt Lake Valley. In 1855, the
Church purchased the fort from Jim Bridger and his partner,
Louis Vazquez, for $18,000. In September of 1857 it was
burned to the ground to keep it from falling into the hands
of Albert Sidney Johnston's advancing federal army during
the so-called "Utah War."
William I. Appleby
17 October 1849
"Moved forward fifteen miles again to-day and encamped near Bridger's
Fort. Weather cold. Several of the boys and girls from camp went
to Bridger's in the evening, by his invitation, and had a ball.
He treated them kindly with raisins, sugar, tea, etc. Ezra T. Benson's
camp left there during the day, and also Capt. Richards'" (William
I. Appleby, Journal, 17 Oct. 1849, as reprinted in the Journal History
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 29 October 1849,
"Next day campt on Hams Fork, then to Blacks Fork [and] from the[re]
to Fort Bridger. Old Jim Bridger and his trappers gave us a hearty
welcome to our company. He is the oldest trapper in the mountains
and can tell some wonderful stories" (Frontiersman: Abner Blackburn's
Narrative, ed. Will Bagley, , 61).
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