Annual Festivals: Woodstick Music Festival
The quaint little town of Centennial, on WYO 130, is the gateway to the beautiful Snowy Range Mountains. An area first visited by the nomadic Plains Indians (Shoshone, Arapaho, Sioux, Crow, and Cheyenne), Centennial was first lightly populated by settlers seeking timber on Centennial Mountain which rises above the town on the West. Ties were needed when the Transcontinental Railroad came through Laramie in 1868. The town’s growth continued when the Homestead Act opened the lush Laramie River Valley to ranchers and got another boost with the discovery of gold on Centennial Mountain in 1875. In 1876 a post office was established and the town was named for the big event of the year, America’s first centennial celebration. In 1877, the main gold vein ended at a fault line. The other half of the vein has never been found, though the search goes on. In 2000, the Wyoming State Geological Survey announced a new gold sample had been found that gives new hope of the vein being found again. Remnants of the Utopia, the Queen Mine and several other mines still remain. By 1907, the town had established a bank (now a bed and breakfast), hotel (still in use), school and its own railroad spur. Today, Centennial is a popular visitor’s site having historic charm, fine dining, grand vistas and great recreation.
Don’t Miss: Centennial Community Theatre performs comedies and musicals at the Trading Post Dinner House. Make reservations because perfomances usally sell out.
Population: 191 as of 2000 census