• Richards Bridge Oregon Trail Caspar 4th

    Image ID
    FOT446619
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    53.7 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    16200 x 10800 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    1372 x 914 mm
    54.0 x 36.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    John Baptiste Richard Sr. constructed the lower Platte Bridge on the Oregon Trail, 6 miles east of old Fort Caspar, in time to serve the heavy emigrant traffic in 1853. Richard Sr. was an early prominent trader on the North Platte River. In addition to running the bridge he operated a trading establishment that included a grocery and dry goods store and a blacksmith shop until 1865. "Richard's associates and employees were almost all married to women from various Sioux bands"; consequently, their Indian trade was mostly with the Sioux, and undoubtedly some trade occurred with the Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho as well. Albert Brubaker was in the small train led by Mr. Millard on their way to rendezvous with a larger train at the Bridger Cutoff. They reached "Reshaw's [Richard's] bridge in the latter part of May 1864, and then we met a band of some 800 Indians, consisting of tribes of Arapaho, Sioux, and Cheyenne. They were holding a council at that place."
    Uploader
    Rob Weaver
    Contributor
    Rob Weaver
    Date Taken
    2008-07-07
    Uploaded on
    2008-07-07
    Collection
    A2. American GATEWAY TO THE WEST -Colorado - Wyoming - Oregon Trail - Dakota A
    Category
    Heritage
    Sub Category
    History
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Dominant colour
    #506060