In the tracks of Lewis and Clark, some 20 years after their epic Western Expedition, a young man named Jim Bridger headed west from Missouri. With his incredible geographical and survival skills, he became one of the greatest mountain men of the 19th Century.
As an original partner in the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, he also later founded Fort Bridger along the Green River section of the Oregon Trail. He was said to have been the first Anglo to lay eyes on the Great Salt Lake as well as many wonders of the Yellowstone region.
Bridger, also known as Old Gabe, was a storyteller; an amusing teller of tall-tales spun from his hundreds of adventures through the West. As he grew older, he found his way back to Missouri, spending his last years on his front porch surrounded by his grandchildren. On that front porch, he would tell his family, “I wish I was back in the Rocky Mountains, out there you can see forever.”
Jim Bridger was a hunter, trapper, guide, army scout, and an incredibly dominant figure of the early American West.