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Jul 26, 2019 - Fort Laramie NHS

Fort Laramie (founded as Fort William and known for a while as Fort John) was a significant 19th-century trading post and diplomatic site located at the confluence of the Laramie and the North Platte rivers. They joined in the upper Platte River Valley in the eastern part of Wyoming. The fort was founded as a private trading post in the 1830s to service the overland fur trade. It was located east of the long climb leading to the best and lowest crossing point of the Rocky Mountains at South Pass and became a popular stopping point for...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Ft. Laramie NHS

Fort Laramie, originally Fort William and then Fort John, is located at the confluence of the Laramie River and the North Platte River in eastern Wyoming. Fort William was a private fur trading post founded by William Sublette in 1834. In 1841 it was purchased by the American Fur Company and renamed Fort John. In 1849 it was purchased and its operations were taken over by the United States Army to protect the many wagon trains of migrant travelers on the Oregon Trail, and the northern emigrant trails which split off further west such as the...

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Jul 10, 2011 - Fort Laramie N.H.S.

Oh no! 17 miles of road construction - not just one lane roads or flagmen or slower speed limit - 17 miles of dirt road! At one point I sat for 10 minutes waiting for a red light to turn green and then came the most G-D awful road . This is the construction I should have been warned about - not yesterday's. After reaching concrete again I started to enjoy my surroundings. Green pastures, hills, and many ranches. Two hours later, I arrived at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. I started my visit by watching a very well done 18 minute movie...

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Apr 19, 2011 - Ft. Laramie, WY

We made a short stop in Wyoming on our way up to Rapid City, SD to renew our drivers license. We discovered some interesting history at Fort Laramie. It was a hub for people going west and a stop on the Oregon Trail and for Pony Express Riders. The sad history is that soldiers from this fort were responsible for many of the problems between the native people and the settlers. Worth the stop if you are ever in the area.

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May 4, 2008 - Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie is one of the least-visited of the National Park Service sites because it's off the beaten path. The surrounding area looks pretty much as it did when the covered wagons lumbered through here 168 years ago...vast open space, clusters of trees here and there, the Laramie River meandering by. It's bigger than I expected it to be, and there's no fence...just lots of buildings in a BIG circle. Fort Laramie was the only major settlement from Missouri to Oregon so you can imagine that arriving here was an eagerly-anticipated...

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Jun 5, 2007 - Wyoming

Left NE, early to see deer grazing on the banks of the North Platte River. Freddy said it was $150.00 across NE (diesel). Stopped in Gothenburg, Ne to see an original Pony Express Station. It took 10 days for a letter to go from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento CA and was $5.00 per oz. Only lasted 18 months, owners lost $100,000.00 during that time. Ads for riders requested "wiry" guys and "orphans". Only one rider was killed, though many stations were raided and men killed. Forty-one cents is still a bargain! Oops, it is still in my system!...

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