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Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman
A collection of 54 pages of photocopied articles concerning Jim Bridger, his grave and his monument in Kansas City. These clippings were orginally located in the Special Collections mounted newspaper clippings...
Albert Wachsmann, husband of Virginia Bridger.
Washakie--Chief of the Shoshones, Father-in-Law of James Bridger
Article about Jim Bridger's relationship to Washakie, chief of the Shoshone Indians of Montana, starting with Bridger's marriage to his daughter, Little Fawn, in 1850, bringing her back to Dallas, Missouri....
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...
Mrs. Virginia Bridger Hahn, Born in Wyoming in 1849, Comes to Make Permanent Home in Thermopolis
January 29, 1932
Article about the daughter of Jim Bridger returning to live in Wyoming at the age of 84.
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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.
Utah's Official Boogey Man
Biographical article describing the life of Orrin Porter Rockwell, a Latter Day Saint pioneer who was known as the "Mormon Assassin" for his alleged role in the attempted murder of Missouri Governor Lilburn...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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