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Wyoming

Wyoming

A Home in the West, If We Can Just Follow the Oregon Trail to Get There

A Home in the West, If We Can Just Follow the Oregon Trail to Get ThereBetween 1840 and 1870 thousands-some experts say maybe as many as half a million-emigrants went West, following the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails that took them across the Grain Plains and to settlements in Oregon, Utah and California.

Often progress was measured in just a few miles a day. Natural landmarks such as Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff in today's Nebraska would be comforting signs that they were on the right track to their eventual destinations.
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Wyoming

Wandering Along a Trail of Western History

Wandering Along a Trail of Western History

Visit the grounds at Wyoming’s Fort Bridger State Historic Site and it’s like wandering along a trail of history, a tributary of the great American West where explorers, fur trappers, Oregon Trail emigrants and Pony Express riders coursed by on their way to settling and taming the frontier.

Fort Bridger’s beginnings go back to 1843 when mountain man Jim Bridger set up a trading post on the Black Fork of  the Green River, close to the Oregon Trail. Bridger, and fellow trapper and adventurer Louis Vasquez, built a small pine-log stockade which included two log and mud buildings and a coral for horses. The buildings housed Bridger’s trading post, blacksmith shop and living quarters.

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