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﷯From Stringtown to Bridger The town started as a mile long alley of hastily built wooden shacks and cobbled commercial enterprises. No indoor water, no electricity....not even wooden plank sidewalks to keep a person's feet out of the perpetual mud or dust. But people came. Hundreds of people came. They came for jobs in the coal mines. ﷯Some followed the railroad, Others hoped for the promise of cheap land and a place to call their own.
Calamity Jane lived here when Stringtown was young. She took in laundry at the end of the “street” in the photo above. (A stove she is rumored to have used to heat her wash-water can still be seen at Clarks Fork Valley Auto). Eventually, Stringtown grew up. It took the name of Jim Bridger, one of the most famous and respected mountain men of the American West. Bridger grew more. ﷯
Bridger became the site of the largest mercantile building west of the Mississippi.
Oil was discovered, This brought even more changes to the small town and surrounding area.
Bridger became a trade center and a solid little western town. And it's that way still, Though we have the conveniences of the internet, smooth highways, sidewalks and ATM's...Bridger is still a solid little western town with western community values and volunteer spirit. ﷯Stop by for a steak or a stollen. Pick your own vegetables or discover a geocache. Find a “lightly used” treasure or pick up a souvenir postcard. Bridger has so much to offer. You can get started by exploring this website.
And, if you ever pass by our way....it's worth your while to take a stroll down Main Street and have a conversation with some local folks! Sounds trite...but “you will be glad you did”!
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