Jim Bridger

 

iSomething for the weekend.  Jim Bridger (1960), one of Johnny Horton’s historically themed songs.  Jim Bridger, unlike most of “Mountain Men” contemporaries, lived a very long life from 1804-1881, which is amazing considering some of his exploits.  Bridger was a life long illiterate, but always had a large store of common sense and was a very shrewd character.  A Zelig among “Mountain Men” he had a knack for being present for most significant events on the frontier until his retirement in the late 1860’s.  Physically a big, powerful man, his amiability and good humor probably served him best in his interactions with both Indians and Whites.  He was very fond of tall stories, for example talking about finding petrified birds, singing petrified songs.  One of his favorite routines was to tell newcomers to the frontier about how once he was being chased by one hundred Cheyenne warriors.  He would tell about how they chased him and the tricks he used to attempt to elude them, building the drama of the tale.  Finally the war party surrounded him.  He would then pause until his listeners would urgently ask what happened next.  Poker faced he would respond, “Why they killed me!”.

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Jim Bridger

Something for the weekend.  Jim Bridger, Johnny Horton’s 1960 tribute to the mountain man.  Bridger was the Zelig of the early West.  There were few major events in the West between 1822-1868 that he wasn’t involved in.  Raising two families with Indian women he married, his first wife dying in childbirth, Bridger was the first white man to set foot in various parts of the far West.  Active in the fur trade, he founded Fort Bridger and at the age of 60 in 1864 he blazed the Bridger Trail from Wyoming to Montana. (more…)

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