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“Fun Day for the Family”

Fort Bridger State Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Established in 1843 by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez as a trading post for travelers along the Overland Trails. Between 1853 and 1857 it was a Mormon Trading Post for emigrants to Utah. From 1857 to 1890 it was a US Army Post with several companies of infantry assigned to frontier protection. In addition to an authentic reconstruction of the Bridger-Vasquez fort, many historic structures from the military period still exist on site and are open for tours daily 9-5 from May 1 through September 30. In the off season from October 1 to April 30, the Museum building and grounds are open Fri-Sun 9-5 (weather permitting).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 4 March 2014

It is hard to imagine a summer going by without a visit to Fort Bridger. It is especially fun on Labor Day weekend for the rendezvous, but any day is great. There is a lot to learn, but it is also fun just to wander building to building and picture yourself in the setting.

2  Thank SweetwaterCounty
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Fort Bridger was an actual civilian fort at one time until it was taken over by the military. The actual stockade was auctioned off in the past but volunteers have built a replica. There are other buildings that are replicas but plenty of actual buildings from when it was a working fort. The one building, in the stockade, that I believe was original had many artifacts from the fort as well as others from that period. It was eye-opening to see how much work the people of that day had to do just living day-to-day.

The Victorian-styled house built for the Commanding Officer was surprisingly large and nice for the time period and location -- and for the fact it was used for only a few years. (And we thought the government only started to waste money in more modern times!!) Even the junior officers' housing was more spacious than what I would have expected. Other housing was as small as expected. Be prepared to do some walking because the buildings are spread out over a large area.

It's well worth the time if you like historical or military type places. It could be seen in about an hour if you are not interested in looking at everything. We could have spent 3-4 hours if we would have had time.

1  Thank kellerwynn7
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Well worth searching this out if in the area. Very close to I-80. Very well done historic park with some buildings open and furnished with period things. A couple of the places even have people to answer questions. Worth the price of admission. Besides nice bathrooms they also have a covered area to picnic so take a lunch like we did.

1  Thank PopTopBob
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We've never been the type drawn to Civil War reenactments and such activities, but when we saw this Labor Day event occurred when we were in the area, we decided to give an hour or so to check it out. It was like a step back into the times of Lewis and Clark, complete with beaver trapping lessons, hand-tooled implements, and more fur than I have ever seen.........ever!

It would have been great with the temperature at 80 degrees instead of 95, but it didn't stifle the enthusiasm of the participants. Traditional clothing was everywhere, ranging from the leathers of the trappers and beaded dress of the native dancers, to the hoop skirts and parasols of the fine ladies from back east. There were demonstrations of traditional skills, fun events like a frying pan toss, and lots of kids running around with toy guns and wooden knives having good, innocent fun that would be politically incorrect in another setting.

Food was everywhere. Tacos, chili, bison burgers, and other traditional favorites, along with the basic burgers, hot dogs, and fries. There was a long line for Bison Brew and other beverages. Not sure if they were alcohol.

If you're not offended by tent after tent of fur pelts, and are not unnerved by gun toting mountain men at every turn, I'd suggest this event. The inventive implements of the era and the skilled craftsmanship and beauty of the handmade garments was enough to make it a hit for me.

4  Thank GingerBC
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We went to the Moutain Man Rendezvous during the Labor Day weekend and spent an afternoon there. It was very interesting to see a lot of people dressed up and it felt like you were in the 1800s. There are lots of booths selling leadther made backpacks, wooden swore and etc. We went to check out the museum and watched the tranditional dancing. It would be a fun stop and experience the site.

2  Thank liangfamily04
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