A Fort in the Wilderness

by / Monday, 11 August 2014 / Published in America 2014, Travel Blog
Fort Laramie

I remember as a teenager coming home from work on a Saturday afternoon and my dad making steak sandwiches for lunch and the settling down to watch the latest cowboy and Indian television show.

Passing close to Fort Laramie it was a absolute must to visit!

Fort Laramie was Located at confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming, this famed outpost -first as a fur trade post and then as a military garrison-played a strategic role in transforming the United States. Here, for 56 years successive waves of trappers, traders, Native Americans, missionaries, emigrants, soldiers, miners, ranchers and homesteaders interacted and left their mark on a place that would become famous in the history of the American west.

As the Indian Wars came to a close Fort Laramie’s importance diminished. The post was abandoned and sold at public auction in 1890.

Over the next 48 years, it nearly succumbed to the ravages of time. Preservation of the site was secured, however, in 1938 when Fort Laramie became part of the National Park System. To walk around the site  today you are transformed back to the mid 19th century.

Sitting in the enlisted soldiers bar drinking a sarsaparilla, looking into the original mirror behind the bar you could feel the spirits of  soldiers who lived in this remote outpost.

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