On July 4th, 2010 the Grand Lodge of Wyoming A.F. & A.M. will again comemorate the first Masonic meeting in Wyoming by re-inacting the events of July 4th, 1862. Masons from all over the world are invited to participate in this historic occasion.

The first Masonic Meeting to be held in the great Rocky Mountain region was opened and closed in due form on the top of Independence Rock by about twenty sojourning Masons on July 4, 1862. They were emigrants traveling along the old Oregon Trail, and they represented lodges from about a dozen States. This occasional and unusual lodge was given the name of Independence Lodge No. I Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The name was most appropriate, for it was held on Independence Day and on Independence Rock.