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A Friend of ''Jim'' Bridger
November 21, 2005
Article describes a man's encounter with legendary explorer Jim Bridger in the Spring of 1850. William Walker, of Scandia, Kansas, was welcomed by Bridger in a small Indian village in Utah while travelling...
An Old Frontiersman: Jim Bridger, Hunter, Guide and Scout, Dies Near New Santa Fe
File containing an obituary for Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "known as old frontiersman, plainsman and guide for over a quarter of a century" before dying "near New Santa Fe, in this county." Native of Virginia...
Information about the Bridger family, including the ancestry of Western explorer Jim Bridger, starting with Colonel Joseph Bridger (1628-1688), an emigrant to Virginia.
Characters and Incidents of the Plains
Biographical sketch of Jim Bridger, "the pioneer hunter and trapper in much of the country of the Rocky Mountains," about his explorations across Kansas Territory in the early 1800s and his moniker, "the...
Collector's Choice: Old Gabe of Her Majesty's English Life Guards
Story about a practical joke played at an 1837 meeting of trappers and guides in the Rocky Mountains, involving "Jim Bridger, nicknamed 'Old Gabe,'" donning a suit of armor, with a copy of a sketch from...
Experiences at Fort Bridger with the Shoshones
Autobiographical account of the author, pictured as the son of Louis Vasquez (1798-1868), Jim Bridger's partner at Fort Bridger and in Westport, including their encounters with Shoshone Indians there,...
Historic Westport: Jim Bridger of Westport
Biography of the Western explorer Jim Bridger, who became a citizen of the Westport area in 1853 and in 1860 bought the home of Albert G. Boone "a block or so north of the present intersection of Westport...
Historical Notes and Comments
One paragraph about the grave of James Bridger, commonly known as Jim Bridger.
Extensive information on Jim Bridger (1804-1881), one of the greatest Western guides from the early 1820s to the Civil War, including the founding of Fort Bridger and the site selection for the first railroad...
James Bridger as Westport Knew Him
Article collecting "a few local stories not usually found in print" about Jim Bridger, known of or living in the Kansas City area from the 1850s to the early 1880s, telling briefly of his various wives,...
James Bridger, the Greatest Rocky Mountain Scout
Biographical article about Jim Bridger, "the uncrowned king of all the Rocky Mountain scouts of half a century ago." The author relates his experiences traveling in the West and Southwest with Bridger...
June 20, 1905
Photo and entry about James Bridger, or Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "[m]ountain man, fur trader, and guide" of Westport and a native of Virginia.
Small, 19th century seated portrait of Jim Bridger. Worded on the back of the photograph as "James Bridger, father of Mrs. Wachsman. Taken for sons in 1857. Granddaughter, Mrs. Louise C. Lightle".
Copies of two paintings of Jim Bridger wearing armor on horseback in 1837 in the Far West, "the only approximation of one [a portrait] before Bridger's old age," by Alfred Jacob Miller.
May 21, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "guide, mountaineer, trapper, and Indian fighter," buried in Kansas City. Illustration of his "home in Kansas City, Missouri" by "C. M. Ismert,...
June 7, 1905
Biography of James Bridger, or Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "frontiersman," born in Richmond, Virginia. Beginning as a boy he explored the West including the Rocky Mountains. He lived intermittently at a farmhouse...
Jim Bridger Collection Finding Aid
This one box, 16 folder collection includes photographs, photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and charts. The 24 photographs in this collection are primarily of Bridger relatives including...
Jim Bridger's Son?
Biographical article about western explorer and Westport resident James Bridger, or Jim Bridger, and his possible son Felix Bridger, a half-Flathead Indian.
Louis Vasquez in Colorado
Article describes the life of mountain man Louis Vasquez, focusing on his years in Colorado. Vasquez was a contemporary of Jim Bridger, Jim Fitzpatrick, and William Sublette, and retired to Westport in...
The Autobiography of a Mountain Man 1805-1889
1948, 2007 (Reprint Edition)
Brief autobiography by Stephen Hall Meek written before his death in either 1884 or 1889. An introduction and notes have been included with the 2007 edition. Meek writes that he was born in Virginia in...
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