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Fort Bridger State Historic Site

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Address: Fort Bridger, WY
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+1 307-782-3842
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Established in 1843 by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez as a trading post for...

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).

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Well Worth a Visit

We were out on a freestyle (no real plan) road trip and saw the sign to this historic site. It was a fun stop. Lots of well-preserved history in one place. Get out walk around... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were out on a freestyle (no real plan) road trip and saw the sign to this historic site. It was a fun stop. Lots of well-preserved history in one place. Get out walk around and enjoy.

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FortBridgerSupt, Manager at Fort Bridger State Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Fort Bridger Superintendent More 

Kearns, Utah
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48 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We go to the Mountain Man Rendezvous every Labor Day Weekend. Just for the day, it has become a family tradition. This is great for a blast to the pioneer past in its primitive form. Dress up in period clothing during this time and your entrance fee is free. But you have to dress head to toe. The more adventurous... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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145 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Easy to find right off highway - worth the stop. Learned some history, saw some deer and shopped fun nick-nacks. Best part was the history graphic on stagecoach wheel when first enter and the light-up depiction of all the routes in the area. Brings the mountain man Wild West idea to life.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This was supposed to be a quick stop on our trip to Yellowstone. It truly is a hidden gem. First this place is beautiful. Second, the history is addictive. Third, the people working there were great. Do yourself a favor; stop here and spend a few hours.

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1 Thank Thea L
Chico, California
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290 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Fort is so middle class sterile it was nothing like the original. Worth a stop for the exhibits and the history of the surrounding area. A great jump off for those interested in Mountain Men of the past. When Jim Bridger founded the Fort in 1842 it was simply two log cabins about 40 feet in length connected by... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

It's not glitzy but Ft. Bridger never was. Some US Army fort buildings nicely restored but there are several other sites that offer that as well and a bit better (e.g. Fort Laramie). What makes Ft. Bridger unique is the story of mountain man Jim Bridger who originated the trading post here that became the fort. His "fort" has been... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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223 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This place was worth the stop. Interesting going through the buildings and the exhibits. It took me between 1-2 hours to take in everything.

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1 Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
Box Elder, South Dakota
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142 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

It's like a visit to yesteryear. An authentic and well restored fort with a significant historical past. Well worth the time if you're willing to exit the freeway for a few momoments of historical happenings.

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the west
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206 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We came to see the Mountain Man Rendezvous the last of August to the first of September. It is an experience worth doing at least once if you are in the area. It is a whole bucket load of Western Americana. From Native American dancers in full costume to some white guys in loin cloths, the rendezvous has a little... More 

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Thank rocTheWest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

I have read about Jim and the trading post in books for years. But, being there was the high light of our vacation. Just being in the old trading post on the Oregon trial and standing in the footsteps of the first folks to drive west was amazing. In the new Ft Bridger I felt a kinship with the soldiers... More 

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