Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Description

Fort Laramie was established by fur trappers in 1834 at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte rivers in southeastern Wyoming. Fifteen years later the U.S. Army bought Fort Laramie, named after the French trapper Jacques La Ramie, and turned it into a garrison strategically important in the wars against the Plains Indians. Because the fort was also located along the Oregon Trail, many immigrants passed through. Serving as a Pony Express stop and Overland Stage station, Fort Laramie witnessed the development of the west from uncharted wilderness to settled country. In 1890 it was finally abandoned as an official outpost.What to see and do: A few hours at Fort Laramie National Historic Site should allow enough time to tour the visitor center, original structures, and parade grounds. Together the museum and visitor center offer exhibits, an 18-minute film, and a bookstore that introduces you to the 832-acre park's history. Eleven of 22 original buildings, including an 1876 bakery and "Old Bedlam," the bachelor officers' quarters, have been restored. Immerse yourself in the daily life of the fort by touring these authentic interiors. Audio tours, which can be rented for $3, enhance the experience with narration, readings from diaries and journals, and sound effects. Check for summer events, such as living history military weekends, moonlit tours, Native American dancers and night sky programs. The museum and visitor center are open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (except winter holidays) and from 8 AM to 7 PM in the summer. Staff permitting, disabled persons may take advantage of electric cart tours of the parade grounds. Handicapped-accessible facilities are available. Leashed pets are permitted.On the Fort Laramie National Historic Sitegrounds, which are open until dusk, you can picnic in the designated areas, though open fires are prohibited.

Address

965 Gray Rocks Road
Fort Laramie, WY 82212

Lat/Long

42.20546700, -104.56272900
Visit Website
(307) 837-2221

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