December 25, 1866, the soldiers at Fort Laramie gathered in the "Bedlam Building" for their annual Christmas party. By night's end, it would be the saddest holiday celebration in Wyoming history.
Unbeknownst to the merrymakers, just three days earlier, 81 of their former colleagues had been ambushed and killed at Fort Phil Kearney, near present-day Buffalo, Wyoming...
It's beggining to look a lot like Christmas here in the Cowboy State. Here's five songs about the great state of Wyoming that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. "Free Frosty From Wyoming" by Ken and Amie Vandevrie
Did you know that Christmas was not a federally recognized holiday until 1870?
Here in Wyoming, Christmas has been officially observed since the territory was first granted statehood in 1890. But a lot has changed since then.
How you celebrated Christmas often depended on how close you lived to the railroad...
This weekend, thousands of Wyoming families will gather around the Christmas tree.
Of all the trees in Wyoming history, only one has represented the Cowboy State at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
In 2010, a 67-feet-tall Engleman Spruce harvested from the Bridger-Teton National Forest was chosen by the United States Forest Service to represent Wyoming on the west lawn of the United S