Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834.
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
This unique historic place preserves and interprets one of America's most important locations in the history of westward expansion and Indian resistance. Fort Laramie, the first garrisoned post in Wyoming, is located adjacent to the town of Fort Laramie near the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie rivers. It was the most important outpost on the major emigrant trails – the Oregon, Mormon and California. The fort was named in honor of Jacques La Ramie, a French fur trapper who worked in the tributaries of the North Platte in the early 1800s.
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Fort Laramie became a haven for gold seekers and weary emigrants, a station for the Pony Express and the Overland Stage, and it served as an important military post during the Plains Indian Wars.
Today, the site is managed by the National Park Service, which is charged with its protection and restoration. The historic structures reflect the drama of life and actions of the fort’s people – military and civilian, resident and transient alike. There are 22 original structures, many of which have been restored and are available for the enjoyment of visitors.
This national historic site is located three miles southwest of the town of Fort Laramie off U.S. Route 26.
Located three miles southwest of the town of Fort Laramie on Hwy. 160. The Park and historic buildings district is open from sunrise to sunset, year-round. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day and is open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the summer months with free admission.