Excavations at Stage Stations in Southwest Wyoming and the Stage Station at Fort Bridger

Ruins at Fort Bridger

Publication: Historical Archaeology, Vol. 56, No. 3

Author: A. Dudley Gardner, Martin Lammers, & William R.M. Gardner

Date of Publication: September 2022

PDF File: Gardner-et-al.-2022-Excavations-at-Stage-Stations-in-Southwest-Wyoming.pdf

URL: https://link.springer.com/10.1007/s41636-022-00345-4


Stage stations were self-contained operations linked with other similar facilities via stage and freight lines that passed along the road system they served. Here we look at these self-sustaining stations in terms of their foodways and material cultural remains recovered through excavation. Excavations at the Fort Bridger Stage Station and Black Rock Stage Station in southwestern Wyoming allow us to provide some tentative conclusions about foods consumed at the stage stations. The excavations inform a growing body of data about lifeways in a sparsely populated part of the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.