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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...
Albert Wachsmann, husband of Virginia Bridger.
Inscription on back of photograph: Laura Mills, Westport, Missouri, Great friend of Captain A. Wachsmann.
Printed on back: Ragan & Winan's Gallery of Art, Cor. Third and Main Sts., Over Leively's...
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...
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...
Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman
Information about the Bridger family, including the ancestry of Western explorer Jim Bridger, starting with Colonel Joseph Bridger (1628-1688), an emigrant to Virginia.
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...
Dust of Oblivion Is Gathering on This Area's Forgotten Mountain Men
Biographical article about local mountain men and former residents of the Kansas City area, especially Major Andrew Drips (here listed as "Andrew J. Dripps"), Louis Vasquez, and Jim Bridger, among others...
Edward Jackson Lightle
Inscription on back: Edward Jackson Lightle married Louise Catherine Wachsmann, daughter of Virginia Bridger Wachsmann and Albert Wachsmann. Father of Helen Elizabeth Lightle and Louise Marie Edna Lightle....
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,...
August 20, 1923
Inscription on back of photo reads, ""Old Oregon Trail in solid rock, Sweetwater Valley, Wyo. Ezra Meeker in reminiscent attitude-taken August 20, 1923 by Albert Park, Casper, Wyo.
Ezra Meeker in Front of Guard House at Fort Bridger
August 21, 1923
Inscription on back of photo reads, ""Ezra Meeker says that he has just located the ""Hole in the Wall Country.""
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...
Fort Bridger, Wyoming: A Brief History
Book about the history of Fort Bridger, in Wyoming, during its use on the Oregon and Mormon Trails, etc., from 1843 to 1890, and its preservation in 1929, with several illustrations, photos, and map.
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...
Helen Elizabeth Lightle
Inscription on back reads: Helen Elizabeth Lightle about two years old; brown eyes and brown curly hair. Now Mrs. Dody Mead, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Picture taken in Kansas City, MO., Phares Studio,...
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...
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