Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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Originally started as a fur trade post, what would eventually go on to be known as Fort Laramie evolved into a bustling settlement. It was a strategic stopping point along several of the western trail routes including the Oregon Trail. Today it has been preserved as a National Historic Site allowing visitors to learn of its rugged history.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Founded in 1834, Fort William sprouted up at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. It was originally privately owned and operated as a fur trading post. It was later purchased in 1849 by the United States Army and its name eventually changed to Fort Laramie.

After the Army takeover it became an outpost, being utilized during the Civil War, Bozeman War and the Great Sioux War.

Once the Transcontinental Railroad pushed through Cheyenne to the south, Fort Laramie became lost in the past. The military abandoned the outpost in 1890 and the remaining buildings were sold off to settlers.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming Photo Credit Violet Sky Adventures
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Laramie, Wyoming | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

How to Visit

Fort Laramie National Historic Site is located at 965 Grey Rocks Road in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. For more information about hours and tour availability, please visit the official website here.

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