• Bridger Road Waltman Crossing Plaque

    Image ID
    FOT446776
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    45.3 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    14700 x 9725 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    1245 x 823 mm
    49.0 x 32.4 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    When the Montana gold rush began, Jim Bridger suggested prospectors use this route to attain the gold fields, as it did not cross through native territory (Sioux hunting grounds) and thus would not pose a threat to the Plains tribes. At his prompting, the Army Corps of Engineers built the road, but most prospectors ignored this advice and took the quicker route along the east side of the Big Horns, prompting a long series of bloody conflicts with the Sioux, Shoshone, and Arapahoe. Settlers eventually did use this trail to settle the Big Horn basin. Developed sites along the route include the Waltman Crossing, where there is a rest area, and signed markers in the Big Horn basin. Oregon Trail
    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
    Dominant colour
    #605040