By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
FORT BRIDGER ¬– The Fort Bridger State Historic Site has several events scheduled for summer.
Members of the Wyoming Conservation Corps, funded through the University of Wyoming are at the State Site, this week through June 19. While at the site, corps members will assist site staff members in removing some dangerous trees and opening an area to connect the current parking lot and a proposed parking lot on the site’s master plan. The new parking area will be southeast of the present lot and the two will be joined by the opening.
A railing from the Blacks Fork Bridge, that was on the Lincoln Highway north of Fort Bridger, will be used in the area that will connect the two lots. The railing was given to the state because the bridge was being replace due to safety.
In addition, corp members are to help replace the wooden walk in front of Officers’ Row. According to Linda Byers, director of the Fort Bridger site, the walk was damaged in the flood a couple of summers ago. FEMA money will be used to replace the walk.
The Corps group will make a presentation on the work they completed at the state museum next Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. The fee for the presentation will be waived.
Last Saturday, June 15, the Mountain View Lions worked in the triangle (property west of the site offices) for a “clean up” day, according to Byers. The Corps members assisted the Lions.
The clean up is a step in preparing the area for a “free public community park” for Fort Bridger, Byers said. Dangerous trees in this area and in the passage between the two parking lots, south of the highway, will be removed.
On June 27, the State Site will host a Lincoln Highway event. It will be held in the main parking lot and will coincide with the groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the Lincoln Highway bridge.
The State Site will also lend itself to the Independence Day celebration on July 4. The fee has been waived and will be the 4th annual kids day and family day. The event is scheduled to follow the July 4 parade in Fort Bridger and the barbecue hosted by the American Legion at the American Legion Hall.For the complete article see the 06-14-2013 issue.
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