BRIDGER VALLEY — Wow, end of 2018, and the year slips into the past to live as a memory while 2019 edges in next Monday night with a blank slate for each and every one to continue to write the story of their lives.
As the Bridger Valley Pioneer strives to reflect the news throughout the year, the news turn out to be the everyday events in the Valley that affects the residents. Many reflect the ‘circle of life’ as the pages recount the births and deaths of Valley residents. But some, leap from the pages and bring statewide or national attention to the area. Looking back over the issues of this year, it is easy to see the story of the Valley emerge from the pages.
One annual event continues to shine a national spotlight on the Valley. The Fort Bridger Rendezvous brings in thousands of visitors yearly.
This year, a second event brought the area into the spotlight. The reenactment of the signing of the 1868 Fort Bridger treaty was the agreement between two cultures to live cohesively and in peace instead of having warfare between the two. The 150-year or the sesquicentennial celebration of the signing of the treaty was held at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site in July. It included members of the Eastern Shoshone and the Shoshone-Bannock tribes and re-enactment cavalry soldiers. And true to the signing, the flag flying at the state site was a U.S. flag of 36 stars. Although there were other events statewide, the fantastic part of this reenactment, it was at the site of the original signing, Fort Bridger, 150 years ago.
Fort Bridger’s position on the Oregon Trail brought, most likely, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to Bridger Valley as the Capitol Christmas Tree stopped for a short time in Fort Bridger.
Another event, first time ever but planned as a recurring annual event, was the
“Wreaths Across Bridger Valley” this month. A big group of volunteers – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, veterans and others – turned out last Saturday morning at the American Legion Hall to spread “Wreaths Across Bridger Valley” and placed the wreaths at the eight Valley cemeteries
And, so much more as the Pioneer recorded the events of the Valley.