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Best of Missouri: Jim Bridger's Granchild Honored
Photo and biographical article about the ceremonies for the dedication of a gravestone for Louise Wachsman Lightle, or Louise Lightle (ca. 1876-1907), granddaughter of mountain man Jim Bridger, at Mount...
One page of genealogical information about Jim Bridger and his family.
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,...
Following Mountain Man Jim Bridger
The author traces Jim Bridger's trail beginning in Billings, Montana. Bridger is considered "the most famous mountain man" next to Kit Carson. As a fur trader, Bridger trapped throughout the northern Rocky...
Fraeb's Last Fight and How Battle Creek Got Its Name
Historical article about Henry Fraeb, "partner in the famous Rocky Mountain Fur Company and subsequently proprietor on the South Platte River." Fraeb was a mountain man in northern Colorado and a German...
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.
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...
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.
Jim Bridger's Store Still Stands?
Article about the store building used for Jim Bridger's business in Westport in the mid-1800s, bought from Cyprien Chouteau, still standing at 504 Westport Road next to Boone's Trading Post, with speculations...
John B. Colton
Story of the relocation of the grave of Jim Bridger from his farmstead to Mount Washington and the discovery of his grave in about 1904 by John Colton of Kansas City, also "the youngest member of that...
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...
Pageant of the Pioneers: The Veritable Art of William H. Jackson
Copy of a painting of Fort Bridger by William H. Jackson.
Rendezvous: The Rise of the Mountain Men
Article discusses the role of fur trappers in opening up the west. Contains illustrations and text about such "mountain men" as William Sublette, William Ashley, Thomas Fitzpatrick, and Jim Bridger. Includes...
Searching for (Young) Old Jim
Article that focuses upon the early life of Jim Bridger. A brief outline of Bridger's early life is provided. His childhood and upbringing in Virginia and Illinois is the focus of the article. The author...
Seems Like I Can Recall a Time When..
December 1, 1999
Jim Bridger, one of Cowtown's most famous residents, was known far and wide for the tall tales he told about his days as a trader and mountain man roaming the Rocky Mountains
Summer Picnic Aug. 9: Outing to Be in Historic Setting at Red Bridge
Article about the centennial picnic at Red Bridge honoring Jim Bridger's death in 1881 in Jackson County, with photo and description of Bridger's role on the Santa Fe Trail and in Jackson County as a Westport...
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