You Tell ’em Jim!

jim-bridger-blogOne of the West’s bigger than life characters was Jim Bridger—mountain man, trapper, scout, guide, storyteller. Bridger married three times—all native women—and was twice widowed. He was son-in-law to Chief Washakie and had five children. Mountains in both Wyoming and Montana are named for him, as is Fort Bridger. A favorite story: He was wounded by an arrow at the Battle of Pierre’s Hole in 1832 and carried the arrowhead in his back for nearly three years. Finally a surgeon removed it and was surprised to find the old wound had not been infected. Bridger wasn’t surprised: “Meat don’t spoil in the Rockies,” he told the good doctor.

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