(March 17, 1804 - July 17, 1881)
Jim Bridger was one of the most able and influential mountain men. The words on his large headstone summarize his life: Celebrated as a hunter, trapper, furtrader and guide. Discovered the Great Salt Lake 1824, The South Pass 1827, visited Yellowstone Park and geysers 1830, founded Fort Bridger 1838, opened Overland Route by Bridger's Pass to Great Salt Lake. Was Guide for U.S. exploring expeditions, Albert Sidney Johnston's army in 1857 and G. M Dodge in Union Pacific survey's and indian campaigns 1853 - 1865. This monument is erected to tribute his pioneer work by Major General G. M. Dodge.
Later Jim purchased a farm near Westport, Missouri, but soon became ill and blind. On the sad day of July 17, 1881, the person called "Old Gabe" by many of his peers died.
Jim Bridger is buried in the Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Drawing by Richard Florence