Jim Bridger- "Mountain Man"- Westport Historical Society Speaker Series
Westport Historical Society Speaker Series-
The famed “mountain man” was a celebrated hunter, trapper, fur trader, and guide. After returning to Westport in the 1860’s after the “good old days” of the fur trade vanished, Bridger bought a house from Albert Gallatin Boone and in 1866 bought a commercial building built by Cyprian Chouteau in 1850 located just to the west of Kelly’s Westport Inn on Westport Road. The trading business was run for a time by his son-in-law, Albert Wachsman, the city clerk of Westport. For many years this structure housed the Sanford and Sons restaurant and bar. Jim Bridger is memorialized in the Pioneer Park Statue at Westport Road and Broadway and in a statue on the grounds of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. He is buried just inside the front entrance of Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence. Judi Wollenziehn, Presenter, is now the librarian/media specialist at Bishop Miege High School and still keeps in touch with Bridger descendants.
Following the presentation at the Westport Library, the Westport Historical Society invites you to come ½ block south to the Harris-Kearney House at 4000 Baltimore for refreshments and a tour of their 1855 museum house.