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Our Genealogy Helper for Fort Bridger ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Fort Bridger (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Fort Bridger. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Fort Bridger ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Fort Bridger: Ft. Bridger

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Fort Bridger is located in Uinta County.

To see how the shape of Wyoming's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Uinta County: Rich (UT), Summit (UT), Lincoln & Sweetwater.

Below are the counties that are near Fort Bridger. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Fort Bridger:

  • Uinta County     (The home county of Fort Bridger)
    • Lyman [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyman
      • Lyman [Uinta County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,083 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lyman<2>
    • Mountain View [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
      • Mountain View [Uinta County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,225 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain View<2>
    • Carter [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carter
      • Carter [Uinta County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter
    • Robertson [Uinta County]
    • Bridger [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridger
      • Bridger [Uinta County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Fort Bridger
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bridger have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridger
    • Piedmont [Uinta County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piedmont
      • Piedmont [Uinta County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Bridger
    • Lonetree [Uinta County]
    • Evanston [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evanston
      • Evanston [Uinta County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,570 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evanston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evanston<2>
    • Bear River [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear River
      • Bear River [Uinta County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 501 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bear River have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bear River
  • Lincoln County
    • Oakley [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakley
      • Oakley [Lincoln County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakley
    • Opal [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Opal
      • Opal [Lincoln County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Opal<2>
    • Diamondville [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diamondville
      • Diamondville [Lincoln County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 766 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diamondville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Diamondville<2>
    • Kemmerer [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kemmerer
      • Kemmerer [Lincoln County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,763 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kemmerer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kemmerer<2>
    • Frontier [Lincoln County]
  • Sweetwater County
    • Granger [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
      • Granger [Sweetwater County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Bridger
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 128 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<2>
    • Burntfork [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burntfork
      • Burntfork [Sweetwater County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burntfork
    • McKinnon [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McKinnon
      • McKinnon [Sweetwater County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McKinnon have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McKinnon
    • Little America [Sweetwater County]
  • Summit County (UT)
    • Black's Fork [Summit County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black's Fork
      • Black's Fork [Summit County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Bridger
      • Black's Fork has also been known as:
      • Blacks Fork Commissary

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Fort Bridger, see our County-by-County Page for Fort Bridger.

Newspapers Published in Fort Bridger ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Bridger.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fort Bridger, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fort Bridger.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Fort Bridger:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Utah
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Fort Bridger ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Bridger.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Fort Bridger covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fort Bridger had a population of 295 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Fort Bridger, with the one closest to Fort Bridger listed first.

  • Fort Bridger [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Bridger
    • Fort Bridger [Uinta County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 295 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Bridger had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Bridger
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Bridger<2>
  • Mountain View [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
    • Mountain View [Uinta County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,225 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mountain View had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain View<2>
  • Bridger [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridger
    • Bridger [Uinta County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Fort Bridger
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bridger had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bridger have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridger
  • Hampton [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hampton
    • Hampton [Uinta County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Fort Bridger
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hampton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hampton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hampton
  • Aspen [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aspen
    • Aspen [Uinta County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Bridger
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Aspen had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aspen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aspen
  • Lonetree [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonetree
    • Lonetree [Uinta County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lonetree had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonetree
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lonetree<2>
  • Hilliard [Uinta County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hilliard
    • Hilliard [Uinta County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Bridger
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 54 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hilliard had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hilliard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilliard
  • Burntfork [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burntfork
    • Burntfork [Sweetwater County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Bridger
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Burntfork had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burntfork
  • Continue List ...
    • Granger [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
      • Granger [Sweetwater County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Bridger
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 128 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Granger had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Fort Bridger. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fort Bridger.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Bridger ...

While our initial data about Fort Bridger came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fort Bridger in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Fort Bridger.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Fort Bridger:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916)

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Bridger. See our Misc Page for Fort Bridger for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wyoming

About Uinta County

About Wyoming

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fort Bridger. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Uinta County: www.uintacounty.com/

The official website for State of Wyoming: www.wyo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Bridger) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fort Bridger. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort BridgerOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Bridger. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3193, Longitude: -110.3843    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Fort Bridger, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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