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Great Inducements To Those Who Desire To Ship Cattle By The U. P. Railroad JUDGE WILLIAM A. CARTER

Great Inducements To Those Who Desire To Ship Cattle By The U. P. Railroad



Publication: Privately printed, July 2, 1877, Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory

First edition. 6 11/16" x 8 3/4" single sheet folded to 6 11/16" x 4 3/8" to form two leaves, printed in black ink. Being issued by Judge Carter, Superintendent of Fort Bridger from 1857-1881. Carter had been raised in Virginia and fought in the Seminole War. When he did not receive a commission in the Army he resigned and became post trader at Fort Lauderdale. In 1858, when Johnston's army was sent West to quell the "Mormon Rebellion," Carter settled at Fort Bridger and quickly amassed a fortune trading with soldiers, emigrants, railroad builders, cattlemen, and Indians. By opening a general store, Carter played a central role in the economic activities at Fort Bridger as it was a mainstay of the Overland Trail. He also raised hay and grain on the land surrounding the Fort to fill contracts with the government. In 1858, he was appointed post trader, post master, and probate judge. He also participated in mining, oil, lumber, and cattle ventures. The text has great content including :"Having entered into special arrangements with the U.P.R.R. Company, by which I can ship cattle East at greatly reduced rates .... Persons driving cattle from Montana and Idaho and passing by Soda Springs and the Bear River Lake Settlements, will cross over from Bear River to the head of Little Muddy and follow down that stream, over a good road, to within a mile and a half of the junction of the Little with the Big Muddy, where they will cross a bridge and find rich pasture .... If parties do not wish to ship themselves, I will purchase, at good prices, all shipping cattle that may be offered .... For further particulars, address W. A. Carter, Fort Bridger, Wy. Ty." OCLC locates three holdings. Not in Adams Rampaging Herd. A few light vertical wrinkles, else a near fine copy.

Inventory Number: 51569