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Fort Bridger State Historic Site maintains and interprets historic structures and remnants from its 5 eras of occupation which include the Mountain Men, Mormons, Military, Milkbarn/ Motel and Museum. The site also interprets the many trails that came through Fort Bridger including the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail, Pony Express Trail, Overland Trail, Cherokee Trail and Lincoln Highway. The fort is not far off the interstate and is a great place to stop, relax and learn our history.

Visit Jim Bridger's famous trading post on The Oregon Trail as well as the fort built by the US Army and the old hotel on the Lincoln Highway.

Fort Bridger is located in southwest Wyoming approximately three miles off I-80 (exit 34). The site includes 37 acres with 27 historic structures, 4 historic replica structures, and 6 modern structures. Some natural sights you will find at Fort Bridger include the Groshon Creek, aspen groves, and many historic pines from the military era.



The entrance to the Fort Bridger State Historic Site featuring David Clark’s statue of Jim Bridger.​


Replica of Jim Bridger’s Trading Post.​


This building was built as an infantry barracks, used as a milk barn, and now serves as the museum.​


The 1884 Commanding Officer’s Quarters.


The Groshon Creek flows through the middle of the fort.​

Fort Bridger to host Third Annual Victorian Christmas Program


Contact: Linley Mayer, 307-782-3842


Fort Bridger to Host Third Annual Victorian Christmas Program

What do oranges have to do with Christmas stockings and gifts? How did the Civil War change how we celebrate Christmas?  Learn the answer to these questions and more at Fort Bridger State Historic Site’s third annual Victorian Christmas program on Sunday, December 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.

This joint event sponsored by the Fort Bridger Historical Association is not only an opportunity to learn about the history of Christmas, but also to donate to a worthy cause in the holiday season.

“Our mission is to improve communities and enrich lives,” said Fort Bridger Superintendent Linley Mayer.  “This event is a great opportunity to give back to the community while having fun and making memories at a unique historical holiday event.”

Admission to the event is $5 with kids 12 and under free, but anyone who brings a donation item, such as canned goods, for the Bridger Valley Food Pantry will be admitted free of charge.  The pantry is especially looking for baking goods, fill-the-freezer products, and Christmas meal items.

Everything about the event is as historically accurate to the Victorian era as possible.  The Night Before Christmas will be read about every half hour, the History of Stockings will be presented at 2:45 p.m., and a presentation on the History of Christmas Gifts will be given at 3:30 p.m.

Attendees can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus, decorate a gingerbread man, sing along with carolers, and make historical ornaments and stockings.

Visit Fort Bridger’s Facebook page and look for the Victorian Christmas flyer to learn more about this event.


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History of Fort Bridger

*Click the green markers on the image below to find out more about that section of Fort Bridger's history:

The wheel of the historical hub of trade and travel was painted by Bonnie LaFond and depicts the five eras of Fort Bridger History.






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COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

Historic sites are now open with social distancing in place, including a limited number of visitors in some locations. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and special guidelines. 





  • May to September: Open Daily 9 AM - 5:00 PM
  • October to April: Open Fri-Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Historic Buildings:

  • May to September: Open Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


  • Open year-round, sunrise to sunset


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 Fort Bridger State Historic Site
 37000 I-80BL
 Fort Bridger, WY 82933

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