Mile 1655- Fort Bridger
After crossing the continental divide the next notable stop Robert Campbell made was at the future site of Fort Bridger. Robert, in his narrative, states: “At Haines Fork, near Fort Bridger, the Trappers came out to meet us. There were about, from 60 to 75 of them. We were also joined by fifteen lodges of Iroquois…” As the party was drawing more and more near to their final destination of Cache Valley, they were being joined by others who were also enroute toward the rendezvous.
Fort Bridger began as a simple trading post, established by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843. This fort was established as a supply post for the wave of immigrants that were heading west on the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. By 1847 the Mormons had settled in the area, and they were not too approving of activities at Fort Bridger. Jim Bridger had been allowing the sale of alcohol and ammunition to Native Americans, which was in direct violation of federal law. When the Mormon militia arrived to arrest Bridger in 1853 he fled. By around 1855 Bridger returned and begrudgingly agreed to sell Fort Bridger to the Mormons, a wise choice in hindsight because in 1857, during the Mormon War, Fort Bridger would be burned.