Fort Bridger, Wyoming: Trading Post for Indians, Mountain Men and Westward Migrants

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For nearly fifty years, Fort Bridger played a significant role in the 19th century Rocky Mountain frontier experience. Founded in 1842 by mountain man Jim Bridger, this Wyoming post was one of the most important outfitting points for travelers on the Oregon Trail, the Overland Stage, and the Union Pacific Railroad. Trappers, buffalo hunters, Pony Express riders, Forty-niners, soldiers and outlaws would pass through.

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Overview

For nearly fifty years, Fort Bridger played a significant role in the 19th century Rocky Mountain frontier experience. Founded in 1842 by mountain man Jim Bridger, this Wyoming post was one of the most important outfitting points for travelers on the Oregon Trail, the Overland Stage, and the Union Pacific Railroad. Trappers, buffalo hunters, Pony Express riders, Forty-niners, soldiers and outlaws would pass through.

With Fort Bridger as its central focus, this book offers an illustrated account of the Rocky Mountain West. It details American Indian behavior, weapons of the frontier, Fort Bridger's role in the 1857 Mormon War, the 1867 Wind River Mountains gold rush, and the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872. Interesting and highly detailed excerpts are taken from such primary sources as a trapper's journal and an 1850 account of buffalo butchering. Appendices include a discussion of gender in the westward movement, a selected chronology of frontier history, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429127
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/16/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
List of Maps     x
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Looking for the Frontier West     7
Westering     14
Indians of the Northern Rockies     23
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade     40
Gentiles and Saints: The Great Migrations     57
Crossroads of the West     77
Gold, Silver and Diamonds     95
Frontier Ways of Life: Soldier, Cowboy, Outlaw, Sheepman, Buffalo Hunter     106
Frontier Weapons     126
The West of Our Imagination     142
Gender in Frontier History     151
"The Snake [Shoshoni] Indians" - Excerpts from Osborne Russell's Journal of a Trapper (1914)     153
How to Butcher a Buffalo: Captain Howard Stansbury's Account (1850)     155
A Western Mining Engineer: Henry Janin (1838-1911)     157
Ballad of the Outlaw Sam Bass     160
Selected Chronology     163
Bibliography     167
Endnotes     173
Index     185
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