Haunted 307: Fort Bridger State Historic Site in Fort Bridger
A piece of history, a part of the real old west, and possibly more haunted than any other location in the Cowboy State. From heroic canines to romantic lovers, the ghosts at Fort Bridger State Historic Site carry the spirit of the old west, and are today's focus of Haunted 307.
Fort Bridger takes its name from the founder, Jim Bridger, who established a trading post with a blacksmith shop on the site in the early 1840s. At the time, that part of the country was considered part of Utah territory, and was highly contested by local neighbors before being annexed by the Wyoming territory in 1868. While the original site was just a few log cabins with dirt roofs, eventually it grew to have military-style barracks, and many other historic buildings that have been restored and still stand to this day.
As a part of both the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express, and the Utah war, Fort Bridger has its fair share of history, and whispers of the past still exist there to this day.
It is said that the cemetery at the site, which includes such famous residents as Jim Bridger's own daughter, also includes many visitors that have never left the grounds. There is a legend of a man who patrols the cemetery in full 1800s military regalia, perhaps keeping patrol on his final resting place. As well as that, a decorated military dog still watches after his owner in the afterlife, proving the phrase "Dog is man's best friend."
Nearly all of the historic buildings are said to have their own resident ghosts on the grounds, many of them from the tumultuous era of the site when Native American attacks were frequent and wars among the wild western residents were breaking out over territory. One newer ghost proves that true love does exist in the afterlife, when a man was said to walk the Fort Bridger cemetery after his death, disappearing from the site after his wife joined him in the afterlife.
A piece of history, a fabulous historic experience, and maybe a hotspot for paranormal activity, Fort Bridger State Historic Site still stands with plenty of stories to tell in the eastern part of the Cowboy State.