Jim Bridger Mountainman
Jim Bridger was a army scout, guide, translator, Indian fighter, storekeeper, trapper, trader, and explorer. He spoke English, French, and Spanish, as well as six Indian dialects. He guided prospectors to the Montana gold fields and laid out routes for stage lines. One such line was for the Central Overland and Pike's Peak Express Company westward from Denver.
In 1850 Captain Howard Stanbury came by Fort Bridger to inquire if there was a shorter way over the Rockies than via the already established South Pass. This painting depictes Jim Bridger searching for and finding what would eventually be known as Bridger's Pass, which shortened the Oregon Trail by 61 miles. Bridger Pass would later be the chosen route for both the Union Pacific Railroad and later Interstate 80.
Created in 2006, oil on stretched canvas, size is 24"x30"
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