Uinta County

1850 Fort Bridger on the Green River

History of Fort Bridger

Sometime in the year 1842 James Bridger and Benito Vasquez established a trading post on Black’s Fork of the Green River, about thirty miles east of the present city of Evanston and gave it the name of Fort Bridger. Here was made the second permanent settlement in Wyoming. The post was several times attacked by Indians, one of the most disastrous occurring in August, 1843. The fort was surrounded by a number of Shoshone Indian lodges, that tribe being on friendly terms with the old trader and his partner.

Vicinity of Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming

The first permanent settlement on Bear River was made by John Myers. In 1855 he came across the plains to Utah, and two years later was working as carpenter at Fort Bridger. In 186o he made his home on the east bank of Bear River at the point where the Salt Lake Trail crossed the stream, and from that day the place has been known as Myers’ Crossing. Among the group of well-kept buildings situated near the lower boundary of the ranch there was conspicuous for many years a two-story frame dwelling that had been moved to Hilliard and was …

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Yellowstone National Park

The first division of the vast region embraced in the original Uinta County was made in 1872, when the Congress of the United States set apart the Yellowstone National Park. It contains three thousand three hundred forty-eight square miles, all of which, except a small boundary to the east, north and west, comprising less than three hundred square miles, lay within the original Uinta County. This is the largest park in the world. It is not the purpose of this history to enter into a description of the wonders that have been the inspiration of some of the most beautiful …

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Union Pacific Railroad

The evolution of a mountain road may seem a far cry from the building of a great railway. In the first we have the trail of deer and buffalo following the path of least resistance as marked out by mountain streams in their journey to the sea, taken up in turn by Indian, trapper and explorer, and they succeeded by horseman and wagon, each doing his part in defining the highway of the future. There may seem but little similarity between the winding road and the steel rails seeking the shortest route between two given points, but the difference is …

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Uinta County, Wyoming Census

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The Piney Country, Wyoming

The upper valley of Green River, famous as the scene of many historic events in the days of the fur traders, was early recognized as one of the finest grazing fields in the Rockies. Most of this section lies within the bounds of the original Uinta County. It is a well-watered basin about one hundred miles in length and fifty in width, and from a scenic point of view is one of the most beautiful regions of the Interior Basin. From one of the tributaries flowing in from the west it received the name of the Piney Country. The first …

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Shoshone Indians of Uinta County, Wyoming

The Indians most closely associated with western Wyoming were the Shoshones. As a race, they are connected to the Utes and Piutes, who have settled to the south of them, but are of a higher order of physical and mental development than these root-eating relations. On the other hand, they are quite distinct from the Arapahoes, their neighbors on the north, with whom they seldom intermarry, as each looks down upon the other with true tribal pride and prejudice. The Shoshone is more reticent and has been slower in following the lead of the white man in accepting religious teaching, …

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The Oregon Trail

Four years after the journey of Whitman and Spaulding to the northwest a missionary of different faith but no less devoted to the service of God and man entered the confines of the original Uinta County. He was Father de Smet, a member of the Society of Jesus, who had come as a young man from his home in Belgium to work in the missionary field. After some years spent among the Indians of the southwest, in April, 1840, he left St. Louis to join an expedition of the American Fur Company, with the purpose of taking the gospel to …

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Physical Features of Uinta County, Wyoming

For variety and beauty of scenery the region covered by this history is unsurpassed, and each year sees an increasing number of tourists from all lands enjoying its attractions. Yellowstone Park is the wonderland of the world. Its mountains, rivers, lakes, falls and geysers have been described by the ablest pens in all languages. Due south of it lies Jackson’s Hole In the Shoshone Mountains on its eastern boundary the Yellowstone River has its rise in several small streams and flows north. The Snake, flowing from the north, passes through Jackson Lake, on its southwest journey between wild mountain ravines. …

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