National Register of Historic Places


Bridger Road-Dry Creek Crossing

East of Cody

Date Added to Register

Friday, January 17, 1975

Smithsonian Number

48BH170

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The Bridger Road ran across the northwestern quadrant of Wyoming from near the present day city of Casper for a distance of about 225 miles into Montana, where it turned in a due westerly course leading up the Yellowstone River Valley continuing for another 200 miles to its destination at Bozeman. It was a wagon road primarily formed by the shod hoofs of teams--oxen, mules or horses--and the imprints of iron-banded wheels rolling under heavy loads. The road was established by Jim Bridger in 1864 to reach the bustling gold fields of western Montana. The Dry Creek Crossing is 26 miles east and slightly south of Cody in the Bighorn Basin.

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources