As Fort Bridger and it’s importance expanded, so did the government presence. In 1853, Jim Bridger sold his fort to the Mormons and it was subsequently burned during the Utah War of 1857. In 1858, the government turned it into a military outpost and emigrants continued to purchase supplies and receive protection from the forces at Fort Bridger. Emigrants continued to rely on Fort Bridger for supplies during their journey westward.
Watch our video to see how Fort Bridger evolved from a simple blacksmith shop and trading post to a government supported fort!