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Jim Bridger

Ott Jones' sculpture of Jim Bridger looks west from the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce on South 19th Avenue in Bozeman. 

This month marks the 215th anniversary of Jim Bridger’s birth, so on March 21 Todd Johnson, a ranger at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, will give a program on the legendary mountain man.

The presentation, which is part of the Powell Valley Community Education program, will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Fagerberg Building, Room 70, at the Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming.

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“While many residents are aware of the Bridger Trail, most people aren’t aware of Jim Bridger’s personal story,” Johnson said. “Orphaned at 13 and not possessing any formal education, Bridger sought out adventure in the West. Through hard work and dedication, he carved out an identity for himself as a mountain man, guide, and counselor to numerous Native American tribes.”

For additional information about this program go to the Powell Valley Community Education website at https://nwc.edu/pvce/ or contact Christy Fleming, chief of interpretation at Bighorn Canyon, at 307-548-5402.

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