Old Bedlam

Old Bedlam

This building, “Old Bedlam,” is the oldest structure still standing in the state of Wyoming. Built in 1849, Old Bedlam was a cornerstone of activity at the military outpost of Fort Laramie which lies along the Oregon Trail. The outpost is now a national historic site and, for those of you who like your history, a place worth spending a few hours to explore the numerous buildings, historical information, and visitor center.

In its early years, Fort Laramie was a fur trading post, eventually becoming an incredibly important military outpost and at the center of the tension between settlers moving west and encroaching upon native american territories. Today, there’s a Pony Express Monument at Fort Laramie to distinguish this base as a major part of the Pony Express route between Missouri and California.

6 thoughts on “Old Bedlam

  1. This was built by your ancestor and originally named fort William, for him. Later sold the trading post to the us gov and it was renamed . Grand place to visit

    1. Yeah I was going to tell you that they have his name listed in some of the historical info in the visitor center. I thought I took a pic, but I can’t seem to find it.

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