August 1, 1841

Sunday, August 1. Ascended Black’s fork about 12 miles.

They are now in the present-day southwest corner of Wyoming, near the border with Utah. Black’s Fork is a 175 mile-long tributary of the Green River. It was here in 1843, two years later, that Jim Bridger and Luis Vasquez would establish a trading post. It was an important resting and meeting place on the Oregon-California-Mormon-Pony Express trail, but it was not there yet for the Bidwell-Bartleson Party.

For more about Fort Bridger, visit Fort Bridger State Historic Site. (Which I have always meant to do while traveling cross-country, but I haven’t got there yet.)

Replica of Bridger’s trading post at Fort Bridger State Historic Site.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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