In Eastern Wyoming Lies a Key to America’s Past. Welcome to Fort Laramie.
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Wyoming is known for a lot of things–least populated state, ranches, open spaces, dinosaur remains–but it also hosts one of the most historic sites of the American West. What began as a trading post in the 1830s soon evolved into a formidable military site during post-Civil War westward expansion.
The history associated with Fort Laramie is both fascinating and heartbreaking, given its role in conflicts with Native Americans. Nevertheless, it is part of our history, and although many of the original buildings have eroded away, what is left is remarkably well preserved.
The site, now officially known as the Fort Laramie National Historic Site under the National Park Service, is a reminder of how difficult life was on the Great Plains all those years ago, and how isolated people really were. It’s a little out of the way, but well worth the trip if you have the time. Be prepared for a breeze. Like much of Wyoming, it’s windy.
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