1843 - Bridger builds trading post on Oregon Trail

        Bridger and Fitzpatrick were among the first in the fur trade to recognize that the lucrative days of the beaver trade were numbered. 

        Fitzpatrick became a guide for expeditions, and Bridger built a trading post on Black's Fork of the Green River,  Wyoming, in territory that was still owned and controlled by Mexico. 

         The rivers of western Wyoming, alive with mountain trout, were fed by the deep snows of the Uintah range.  Wild game was plentiful on the surrounding plains. Just west of Black's Fort, the Oregon Trail was about to force emigrants to make a momentous decision.  The north fork of the road lead to Oregon's fabled Willamette Valley, the South fork turned to the gold fields of California.

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