Wyoming’s oldest: the enduring legacy of Old Bedlam

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Old Bedlam. (Image courtesy of Fort Laramie National Historic Site on Facebook)

While there’s some debate about Wyoming’s absolute oldest structure, Old Bedlam stands tall as the oldest documented building in the state. Built in 1849, not 1868 as some sources say, it was originally home to bachelor officers stationed at Fort Laramie.

This versatile structure served many purposes throughout history, from being a trading center to housing military families to acting as the post hospital. It was also a stop for the Pony Express, given its location along the emigrant trails. Today, Old Bedlam, now part of the Fort Laramie National Historic Site, stands as a testament to Wyoming’s vibrant past.

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