U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Make Stops in Wyoming
November 6, 2018 – Cheyenne, Wyoming – The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour will have two designated stops in Wyoming this November. As the tree makes its way from Willamette National Forest in Oregon to the Capitol in Washington, D.C., it will make stops at Ft. Bridger State Historic Site in Fort Bridger and the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie.
To celebrate the arrival of the tree, a free event will be held at Fort Bridger State Historic Site on Saturday, November 17 and at the Wyoming Territorial Prison on Sunday, November 18. The tree viewing events will take place from 9-10 a.m. MST in both locations. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served to visitors, who are welcome to take photos of the tree. At the Wyoming Territorial Prison, tree ornaments will be given to the first 100 people who arrive.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is set to take a journey over 3,000 miles long, following the reverse path of the Oregon Trail. This route celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act and the 175th Anniversary of the Oregon Trail.
Fort Bridger State Historic Site
Fort Bridger played many roles from its time of establishment in 1843 until its dedication as a Wyoming Historical Landmark and Museum in 1933. Much of the site’s historical significance is directly related to the trails that came through the fort, including the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail, California Trail and more. Fort Bridger served as a vital supply stop to pioneers emigrating west, especially to those following the Oregon Trail. In fact, the stop was so important to those following the Oregon Trail that it is included in the popular 1970s Oregon Trail computer game.
Today, weary travelers making their way to Fort Bridger can explore restored historical buildings, a museum, a reconstructed trading post and an interpretive archaeological site. Join the state historic site in celebration as it hosts the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for a stop on its route from Oregon to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 17 from 9-10 a.m. MST.
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
Built in 1872, the Wyoming Territorial Prison held some of the West’s most notorious outlaws, including Butch Cassidy and other members of the Wild Bunch Gang. The stone building served as a Federal Prison for nearly 20 years, laying down the law as pioneers and outlaws made their way west along the Oregon Trail and other historic trail systems. This prison continued to tame the Wild West as Wyoming’s State Penitentiary for another 13 years, locking up both men and women who disobeyed the law.
Today, the building acts as a museum, allowing visitors to walk the same halls and peek into the same cells where prisoners lived and worked. Join the Wyoming Territorial Prison in celebration as it hosts the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for a stop on its route from Oregon to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November 18 from 9-10 a.m. MST. Festivities will include a free Laramie 150th Christmas ornament to the first 100 people; Family Storytime: Tales from the Trail, and U.S. Forest Service will be on hand to show the public where they can cut their own Christmas trees.