In southcentral Wyoming, near the Colorado border, whole villages of Indians converged periodically at a “Grand Encampment” to hunt buffalo and other wild game that roamed the area. A mining town later built in the area (18 miles south of Saratoga) was rightly named Encampment.
The Grand Encampment Opera Hall is over one hundred years old. Melodramas are still performed there at least twice a year by the Grand Encampment Opera Company and are highly entertaining for the whole family.
One performance is held during the Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo. This event is held every year on the third weekend in June and is located at the Encampment Rodeo Grounds. In addition to the melodrama, visitors will enjoy wood chopping events and a rodeo.
Also in Encampment, The Grand Encampment Museum is a replica pioneer town with original structures including the Lake Creek Stage Station, Wolfard School, Peryam Homestead House, Tie Hack Cabin and Parkison Home. They hold tours which last an hour long and the running times for it are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.