Old Guardhouse

Old Guardhouse (HM1PAC)

Location: Fort Bridger, WY 82933 Uinta County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 19.084', W 110° 23.567'

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Built in 1868 of quarried limestone slabs, this guardhouse was a replacement for the not-so-secure log guardhouse that stood fifty yards north of here. With walls 2' thick, the exterior dimensions were 24' x 58'. The height of the roof went from 10' at the eve to 16' at the top of the pitch.

The front portion served as the guard room, or headquarters for the 24-hour sentry force which guarded the fort and escorted prisoners on work details. It measured 28' x 20'. The prisoner's area in the rear measured 24' x 20' and consisted of two cells made of heavy timber.

In 1887, after completion of the new guardhouse that sits approximately 50 yards north of here, this building was no longer used as a guardhouse. Restoration of the exterior of this old guardhouse was begun in the late 1980's and is gradually continuing.
Placed ByFort Bridger Historical Association
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Date Added Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 550821 N 4574244
Decimal Degrees41.31806667, -110.39278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 19.084', W 110° 23.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 19' 5.04" N, 110° 23' 34.02" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Groshons Rd, Fort Bridger WY 82933, US
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