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Title: Jim Bridger

Description: Frontiersman Jim Bridger (1804-1881), one of the great and legendary Western trailblazers, who, in the 1820s, was one of the first frontiersmen to explore the Rocky Mountains, and who learned well the ways of the Western Indians, marrying three Indian women (all dying young); known as an Indian fighter, he preferred to befriend Indians than combat them; at one point when surrounded by Plains Indians, Bridger slipped off his horse, fell to his knees, and, laughing hysterically, began to eat dirt by the handfuls; the Indians, seeing this strange conduct, concluded he was "touched by the spirits," and, so chosen by their gods, was left unmolested, which Bridger wisely knew would be the case and why he feigned insanity; to settle a bet on which way the Bear River flowed, he floated down that rapids-filled river in a skin boat, ending up at the Great Salt Lake, reportedly the first white man to see that body of water; he was an expert mapmaker and the trails he detailed were followed (the Bridger Trails) by many later cattlemen driving herds north from Texas, or settlers heading for California, Oregon and Washington; he named the Rockies, built a fort on the Oregon Trail (Fort Bridger in 1843) and operated his own flourishing fur and trading companies; he was a scout for the U.S. Army and mapped expeditions throughout the West, marking the 967-mile Bozeman Trail in 1866, which led from Nebraska to the Montana gold mines; Bridger was profiled by Tully Marshall in the 1923 silent film The Covered Wagon; by Nelson McDowell in the 1928 silent film Kit Carson; by Tully Marshall again in the 1931 film Fighting Caravans (AKA: Blazing Arrows); by Edward LeSaint in the 1933 film Unknown Valley; by Arthur Aylesworth in the 1940 film Brigham Young (AKA: Brigham Young: Frontiersman); by Raymond Hatton in the 1940 film Kit Carson; by Will Wright in the 1947 film Along the Oregon Trail; by Porter Hall in the 1953 film Pony Express; by Dennis Morgan in the 1955 film The Gun That Won the West; by Harry Shannon in Old Gabe, a 1958 episode in the TV series Death Valley Days; by Theodore Newton in The Flint McCullough Story, a 1959 episode in the TV series Wagon Train; by Karl Swenson in The Jim Bridger Story, a 1961 episode in the TV series Wagon Train; by Carl Reindel in Hugh Glass Meets the Bear, a 1961 episode in the TV series Death Valley Days; by James Wainwright in the 1976 made-for-TV film Bridger; by Gregg Palmer in the 1977 made-for-TV film Kit Carson and the Mountain Men; by Ben Johnson in the 1986 TV series Dream West;

Category: American West

Keywords: American frontier, American West, American Old West, explorers, forts, guides, mapmakers, mountain men, mountains, Old West, pathfinders, pioneers, scouts, settlers, traders, trailblazers, trails, trappers, The West, Western United States, Wild West

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1200 x 1546 (1.86 MPixels) (1.29)

Print Size: 10.2 x 13.1 cm; 4.0 x 5.2 inches

File Size: 5.34 MB (5,600,648 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000046005

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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