The Oregon Trail -- Part 1
This month, in honor of the publication of The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, I'm going to feature Wyoming sites along the Oregon Trail in my Wednesday in Wyoming posts.
As pioneers entered what is now the state of Wyoming, the first major landmark they encountered was Fort Laramie. And without a doubt, the most prominent building was the bachelor officers' quarters (BOQ), quickly nicknamed "Old Bedlam" because of the rowdy parties held there.
I imagine that the arrival of wagon trains during the summer months helped alleviate the soldiers' boredom. For the pioneers, Fort Laramie was the last place to rest and restock before they faced the most difficult part of their journey: crossing the mountains.