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Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Overland Trail

 
 
The Overland Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
1. The Overland Trail Marker
Inscription. The route that later became the Overland Trail was followed in 1825 by William Ashley and members of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, who entered the Laramie Valley from the south, forded the Medicine Bow River near Elk Mountain, and crossed the divide at Bridger's Pass. In 1843, an exploration party led by Captain John C. Fremont followed Ashley's path and determined it could be used for westward emigration. The portion of the route known as the Cherokee Trail was defined in 1849 when a group of Cherokee Indians bound for the California gold fields crossed souther Wyoming on their way west.
The route did not see heavy use until 1862, when Ben Holladay, who had recently acquired a contract to carry the U.S. mail, relocated the course of his Overland Stage Company to the south to avoid Indian attacks occurring along the Oregon Trail in central Wyoming. For several years, Holladay's Concord stages, heavily loaded with U.S. mail, carried passengers and other cargo along the Overland Trail through southern Wyoming.
From 1862 to 1868, the trail was the principal transportation corridor for thousands of emigrants moving west. Increased emigration led to clashes with Indians. Additional military forts, such as Fort Sanders and Fort Steele, were constructed to provide protection.
When construction began on the Transcontinental
An older Overland Trail marker to the left of The Overland Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
2. An older Overland Trail marker to the left of The Overland Trail Marker
Overland Trail
1862 - 1868
Railroad, Holladay realized demand for stagecoach travel would soon diminish. In 1866, he sold out to the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Line, which carried passengers and mail along the trail of another two and a half years. With the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, Wells Fargo terminated its service along the route. Although railroad travel made the journey west quicker and easier than before, the Overland Trail continued to be used by emigrants until the turn of the century.
 
Erected by Wyoming Archives and Historical Department.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Overland Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 18.684′ N, 105° 48.078′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on Snowy Range Road (State Highway 130) near Cactus Hill Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3184 Snowy Range Road, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bath Ranch (approx. 5.9 miles away); Old Overland Trail (approx. 6.3 miles away); Big Laramie Stage Station (approx. 6.6 miles away); Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack
The Overland Trail Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
3. The Overland Trail Markers
The Snowy Range mountains in the background.
(approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Ice House (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Laramie.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at a turnout on the north side of Wyoming Highway 130, approximately 10 miles west of the intersection with Wyoming Highway 230.
 
Also see . . .  The Overland Trail. Looking at the Overland Trail, the Route and the Ride. Clickable Map of the Overland Trail: (Julesburg to Fort Bridger) The Concord Coach Page. The Concord Coach Gallery. Looking Back: Trappers, Mountain Men and Indians On The Trail. (Submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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The Overland Trail (attached to The Overland Trail marker) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
4. The Overland Trail (attached to The Overland Trail marker)
The Overland Trail: Pioneers, Wagons, and a 575 Mile Journey. Discover. The Overland Trail and Stagecoach Line was an alternate wagon route of the famous Oregon Trail. Pioneers crossed this area as they headed westward in the late 1800's. Make sure to see all 15 locations on the Legends of Laramie Tour.
Scan the QR code or go to the VisitLaramie.org/Overland to view photos and travel the plains by wagon.
The Overland Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
5. The Overland Trail Marker
This Overland Trail marker, erected by the Kiwanis, is in a field 100 yards north of the markers above. It has been worn into its current shape by cattle rubbing against its.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 24, 2016.
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