Government Explorers

As the United States continued to expand westward, government explorers came to survey and report on the geography of the West, including what would later become Utah Territory.

Jim Bridger

James Felix Bridger (March 17, 1804 – July 17, 1881) was an American mountain man, trapper, Army scout, and wilderness guide who explored and trapped in the Western United States in the first half of the 19th century. He was known as Old Gabe in his later years.[1] He was from the Bridger family of Virginia, English immigrants that had been in … Continue reading Jim Bridger

John Charles Fremont

John Charles Fremont (1813-1890) was an explorer and surveyor of the West, including many areas of Utah.

Map of Territory/Military Department of Utah (1860)

Compiled in the Bureau of Topographical Engineers of the War Department. Chiefly for Military purposes under the authority of Honorable J.B. Floyd, Secretary of War. Shows towns, wagon roads, explorers’ routes, railroads, forts, etc., approx. from Albuquerque, N.M. to Fort Lane, Or. and from Fort Laramie, Wyo. to Los Angeles, Calif. “Corrections and additions in … Continue reading Map of Territory/Military Department of Utah (1860)

Daily Globe – Article on “Great Salt Lake” (Oct. 20th, 1854)

Beehive History

Follow this link to look over different historical events and stories that took place in Utah.

“Memoirs of My Life” – John C. Fremont

Court Martial for the Trial of Lieut. Col. John C. Fremont

Letter from Jedidiah Smith to General Clark

Government Explorer – James P. Beckwourth