Fort Laramie Natl. Historic Site.
Fort Laramie, Wyoming
Fort Laramie Natl. Historic Site. Reviews
Jul 15, 2006
In the south-eastern corner of Wyoming, a short hop of thirty miles as you follow the Oregon Trail out of Nebraska, lands you at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Located near the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers, you'll find it 3 miles southwest of the town of Fort Laramie, off of US 26.
If you're keeping track, this is at milepost 650 along the trail. Fort Laramie, originally built as a fur trading post in 1834 by William Sublette, has had a long and interesting history, was named William in his honor. Actually the fort has had several names and has moved a few times over the years but it is still known most widely as Fort Laramie. There are only a few buildings spread over a rather large area here and only a few of them have been brought to a semi-restored status. The fort was one of the few places along the entire Oregon Trail where travelers could restock their provisions, albeit at clip-joint prices.
There are two other Oregon Trail sites, “Register Cliff” and the “Ruts” within ten miles.
There is a $3 fee for adult entry to this site.
Unless you are a real history buff, there really isn’t much to see here.
Part of the 2006 Summer around the Western U.S. travel blog
Part of the list State & National Parks & Monuments we have Visited.
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