National Register of Historic Places

Bridger's Pass

Carbon County

Date Added to Register

Tuesday, April 28, 1970

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Bridger's Pass is a geographic landmark located on the Continental Divide in southern Wyoming between the North Platte River drainage and the Snake River drainage. The headwaters at the Pass are Muddy Creek which flows west towards the Pacific slope and Sage Creek which flows east into the Atlantic's watershed. Bridger's Pass was second in importance only to South Pass as a major central passageway over the continental divide during the period of westward development and migration that occurred in the United States around mid-nineteenth century. The Pass was long considered a likely possibility for the routing of a transcontinental railroad system. For over six years the Overland Stage line traversed Bridger's Pass while providing United States mail delivery and transcontinental transportation between the Missouri River and the Pacific Coast.

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