Grave of Jim Bridger.

Grave of Jim Bridger

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Independence, Missouri

Perhaps mountain man Jim Bridger's greatest accomplishment was living long enough to die in bed as an old man, and be buried in a marked grave.

He had worked with other famous backwoodsmen such as Hugh Glass and Jedediah Smith, whose bones were scattered by the Indians who killed them. Bridger, however, died peacefully on his farm. He lay buried in a quiet country graveyard for 23 years before his bones were dug up and moved to a prominent spot in a city cemetery by Grenville Dodge, railroad tycoon and former Bridger employer (Dodge City was named for him). Grenville also paid for a new granite tombstone, engraved with a likeness of Bridger taken from an old photograph. The gravestone was unveiled in 1904 by Bridger's great-granddaughter from one of his three Indian wives.

Also see: Men Vs. Bears

Grave of Jim Bridger

Mount Washington Cemetery

Address:
614 S. Brookside Ave., Independence, MO
Directions:
Mount Washington Cemetery. The main gate is on the south side of US Hwy 24/E. Winner Rd at its intersection with S. Brookside Ave. Enter, then immediately bear left. Follow this main road about a half-mile. You'll come to a traffic island on the left. The Bridger grave is the only one in that traffic island.
Hours:
Gated after dark.
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Swirly Rocket Ship TempleSwirly Rocket Ship Temple, Independence, MO - 2 mi.
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