picture of Jim Bridger James Bridger
1804 · 1881
Celebrated as a hunter, trapper, fur trader, and guide. Discovered Great Salt Lake 1824, the South Pass 1827. Visited Yellowstone Lake and Geysers 1830. Founded Ft. Bridger 1843. Opened Overland Route by Bridger's Pass to Great Salt Lake. Was guide for U.S. Exploring Expeditions, Albert Sidney Johnson's Army in 1857, and G. M. Dodge in U. P. Surveys and Indian Campaigns 1856 - 65. This monument is erected as a tribute to his pioneer work by Maj. Gen G. M. Dodge.
Boy Scout Laminated Sheet
Jim's grave is decorated every Scout Sunday by members of Boy Scout Troop 87 and guests. Everyone is invited to lay a spring of evergreen at the base of his monument in the shape of a wreath. The evergreen sprig symbolizes the tree's importance to outdoors men as a provider of shelter from nature's harsh environments of sun, wind, rain, and snow. It also provides a person with the means to make and maintain a fire of friendship and warmth.The tradition of honoring Bridger started in 1931 when Chief Scout Executive Dan Baird and others moved Bridger's grave to this resting place of honor. Dan Baird thought it was only appropriate that a Boy Scout troop be part of the ceremony. Troop 101 was asked to be the color guard. In 1951 Troop 87 was invited. The following year, Troop 101 folded. Troop 87 continues to this day honoring Jim. In 1988 the ceremony was canceled when Troop 87's Scoutmaster, Charles "Uncle Charlie" Birgam died on Scout Sunday. Uncle Charlie rests on the top ridge of this same cemetery and is honored the same day.