Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House
In June of 1883, the Laramie River (behind you) was swollen with rapidly melting snow and began to overflow, much to the dismay and surprise of Marshal Schnitger, who was living in the Warden's house. He complained the Laramie River was "sending its water into the basement of his elegant residence across the river."
In 1889, the Warden's residence needed repair. Among other things, plans drawn up by U.S. Marshal Thomas Jefferson Carr called for, "build(ing) an outside stair with handrail to the basement where old stairs (are) now; to be 1 2/3 10 stringers, 1 - 1/8 steps, 7/8 risers. All to be neat substantial job."
Sometime in the mid 1890s, the front entrance to the basement was closed. A doorway was cut inside the house and new stairs were constructed to allow residents access to the basement.
Location. 41° 18.7′ N, 105° 36.551′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from West Garfield Street near Snowy Range Road (Wyoming Route 130), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 West Garfield Street, Laramie WY 82072, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Excavation Site: Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (about 400 feet away); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (about 400 feet away); Laramie Timeline (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 0.7 miles away); Laramie (approx. 0.7 miles away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Laramie.
More about this marker. The Warden's House is located on the grounds of the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site.
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