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Yellowstone Expedition: Charles Cook, David Folsom, & Jim Bridger

Introducing 2010 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee…

   Yellowstone Expedition: Charles Cook, David Folsom, & Jim Bridger

Charles Cook and David Folsom came west in 1862 with the Fisk Expedition. The two lived in the Gallatin Valley working as miners and later ranchers. The Cook Ranch is still in operation under Mt. Edith near the headwaters of Deep Creek. The Folsom ranch is remembered by that name and is located on Birch Creek west of White Sulphur Springs. It was here that Jim Bridger came to visit Folsom with tales of the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. In 1869 Cook, Folsom, Bridger, and Peterson, a ranch hand, set out on an exploration expedition to Yellowstone Park. They were the first to collect and record accurate information of the region. (1)

Charles Cook returned to White Sulphur Springs to farm and raise his family. David Folsom served as a state senator for the 1893-95 sessions and was defeated for the position of governor in 1900. (1)

Jim Bridger is, perhaps, best known for blazing the Bridger Trail that bypassed the dangerous Bozeman Trail. The Bridger Mountain Range northeast of Bozeman was named in honor of this courageous early explorer. (2)

(1) Meagher County An Early Day Pictiorial History 1867-1967.
(2) [http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?11000314+Z-314], Denver Public Library, Call Number: Z-314