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“Great stop on long road trip”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We stopped at Fort Bridger, toured all of the original buildings, then toured the reconstructed Fort Bridger, found all of the history, very interesting.

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Unfortunately we were not here for one of there celebrations and we really stumbled on this place while driving on I-80 heading back home after a 2 month trip out West including the Lewis and Clark trail from St Louis to Oregon . From the time I pulled up to the admission gate where I meet one of the nicest men-found out later he was the father of a person in the gift shop and our guide through the exhibit-but he was so freely giving us information I felt like I saw the Fort before we started. The fort was somewhat spread out and not as easy to negotiate as I was using a walker and a lot of the trails were gravel but much was easy to get to by car- The daughter in the Gift shop exhibit center was very knowledge about the fort and made you feel like you were living the age-I was unable to get to the old fort because of walkways which I hope they someday pave as I really would nave liked to get there. The buildings were well keep up and in the old store was a young lady who also was very knowledgeable of the activities in the old fort The fort also had history of the Oregon Trail which we had started on once we got into Oregon and was a part of it-

Thank frankkraft
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We were surprised there was so much to see and learn at Fort Bridger. Only 3 miles from I-80.
Great historic site! We are pioneer trail history buffs, yet we learned a lot that was new to us, Take the time to watch the short film in the museum visitor center. Site is open April - Oct, but from June to Labor Day, costumed interpreters in various buildings gladly share their knowledge if you ask questions.
You can buy great souvenirs in the trading post, very interesting and affordable - beyond the usual trinkets for children. For example, the "trade bead" necklaces hanging from ceiling are authentic. Some are antique, like the cobalt blue and venetian glass beads, and being sold at very low prices. (We were in the bead business for 15 years and we were impressed!)
Plan on at least an hour, up to several hours. Good family outing.
A great place to stop and stretch, with restrooms, water fountain. Picnic area - bring your own food & drink. No overnight camping.
NOTE - this is a Wyoming STATE site, so national park pass, including Golden Eagle, does not apply. There is discount for Wyoming residents.

2  Thank Beanieandfriends
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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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