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Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Fort Laramie, Wyoming was located at the Crossroads of a Nation Moving West. In 1834, where the Cheyenne and Arapaho traveled, traded and hunted, a fur trading post was created. Though it was not a military fort at first, it was called Fort William and soon became known as a place of safety, as settlers moved across the continent.

By the 1840s, wagon trains rested and re-supplied here, bound for Oregon, California, and Utah. In 1841, Fort John was constructed, replacing the original wooden stockade of Fort William. Built of adobe brick, Fort John stood on a bluff overlooking the Laramie River. It was named for John Sarpy, a partner in the American Fur Company, but was more commonly called Fort Laramie by employees and travelers.

Fort Laramie, the military post, was founded in 1849 when the army purchased the old Fort John for $4000, and began to build a military outpost along the Oregon Trail. For many years, the Plains Indians and the travelers along the Oregon Trail had coexisted peacefully. As the numbers of emigrants increased, however, tensions between the two cultures began to develop.

Fort Laramie, WY - "New" 1876 Guardhouse

Fort Laramie, WY - "New" 1876 Guardhouse

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks Dining Room

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks Dining Room

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks Interior

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks Interior

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks, vintage

Fort Laramie, WY - Barracks, vintage

Fort Laramie, WY - Cemetery

Fort Laramie, WY - Cemetery

Fort Laramie, WY - Commisary Storehouse Building, vintage

Fort Laramie, WY - Commisary Storehouse  Building, vintage

Fort Laramie, WY - Commissary/Visitor Center

Fort Laramie, WY - Commissary/Visitor Center

Fort Laramie, WY - Fence

Fort Laramie, WY - Fence

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Basement Jail

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Basement Jail

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Office

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Office

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse soldier bunks

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse soldier bunks

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Solitary Confinement

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse Solitary Confinement

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse, 1942

Fort Laramie, WY - Guardhouse, 1942

Fort Laramie, WY - Hospital and Sunflower

Fort Laramie, WY - Hospital and Sunflower

Fort Laramie, WY - Hospital Ruins

Fort Laramie, WY - Hospital Ruins

Fort Laramie, WY - Jail Interior

Fort Laramie, WY - Jail Interior

Fort Laramie, WY - Latrine

Fort Laramie, WY - Latrine

Fort Laramie, WY - Living Quarters

Fort Laramie, WY - Living Quarters