James Bridger

QUESTION:  Jim Bridger was born in 1804 in Richmond, Virginia.  Which of the following events did not happen that year?
A)  The duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in which Hamilton was killed.
B)  The Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified changing the rules for electing the Vice President of the United States
C)  New Jersey passed their gradual emancipation law, becoming the last northern state to abolish slavery
D)  The last recorded sighting of the American leprachaun occured in Vermont

We return today to the Toy Box lithographs, and recognize perhaps one of the less famous of the men and women honored among them:  Jim Bridger. Born the same year that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their famous trek across the largely unexplored American west, Bridger's life has become closely associated with those same lands west of the Mississippi that Lewis and Clark initially explored. Bridger was one of the last of the mountain men, who chose for themselves the hard life of living in the wilds of the west, making his living as a trapper, a scout and a guide.

Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1804, Bridger was nine when when his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri.  Four years later he was orphaned and forced to make a living for himself. Without the opportunity for a proper education, he never learned to read or write. That did not stop him from having a remarkable life, though. He was a witness to the struggles of trapper Hugh Glass, made famous in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant, as well as an advisor for the Donner Party. A fort in southwestern Wyoming has his name and remains a fascinating museum dedicated to the Old West. Bridger's greatest legacy is likely that of the storyteller. People would come from all around to hear his fantastic tales of the west, including the one where he was surrounded by one hundred Comanches who killed him in the end.

ANSWER:  D)  The last recorded sighting of the American leprachaun occured in Vermont.  We believe it was actually just over the border in New Hampshire.  A technicality, we know.