At a first glance it might seem that the history of a tier of western counties in the mountain state of Wyoming could hold but little of interest for the general reader, and I must confess that when I began the collection of material for these pages I had but an imperfect idea of the importance of the original Uinta County. Its claims to attention as they have spread out before my view are so many and so varied that my own limitations have been keenly felt. Especially was this true of the badlands of the Bridger Basin, a section that has contributed more than any other to the science of paleontology in the United States.
Even before the days of the fur traders this vast domain was the scene of many important events. Then came Jim Bridger, who built his historic trading post within its confines. Two great trails crossed it, leaving many landmarks of that early day, among which are Fort Bonneville and the Prairie of the Mass.
The Territory of Wyoming was organized by Act of Congress in the year
1868, with the boundaries of the present state. As originally divided, its
four counties, extending from Montana on the north to the Colorado and
Utah lines on the south, were Laramie, Albany, Carbon and Carter. In its
derivation Carter County stood alone among not only the counties of
Wyoming but of the nation as well, for it was composed of portions of the
three great western accessions of the United States. That part northeast
of the Shoshone range came from the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. From these
mountains to the 42nd parallel is a tract acquired from the Oregon
Territory, to which the claim of the United States was definitely
established in 1846. The land south of this came to us from the Mexican
Cession of 1848. The territories of Utah, organized in 1850; Dakota, in
1861, and Idaho, in 1863, contributed to the formation of Carter County.
From the time of the organization of the Territory of Utah in 1850 to the
establishment of our territorial government, the southern part was known
as Green River County, Utah.
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