“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wheatland in Platte County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Laramie Peak

Laramie Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2016
1. Laramie Peak Marker
Inscription. As you journey through Wyoming, you are one of the countless travelers who has looked out to the west and seen the granite rising of Laramie Peak. Near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, approximately 80 miles east of Dwyer Junction, emigrants witnessed their first view of the western mountains with the hazy silhouette of Laramie Peak. Although the sight may have been awe-inspiring for the emigrants traveling on the Oregon and Mormon Trails, it also indicated the start of their journey into the mountains – a much more treacherous expedition than that across the plains. In their diaries, emigrants and other travelers usually noted seeing Laramie Peak. In Chapter IX of his 1891 Roughing It, Mark Twain wrote, “We passed Fort Laramie in the night, and on the seventh morning out we found ourselves in the Black Hills, with Laramie Peak at our elbow (apparently) looming vast and solitary – a deep, dark, rich indigo blue in hue, so portentously did the old colossus frown under his beetling brows of storm-cloud. He was thirty or forty miles away, in reality, but he only seemed removed a little beyond the low ridge at our right. ” Laramie Peak, which stands at 10,272 feet above sea level, is the highest Wyoming point of the Laramie Range. Part of the central Rocky Mountains, the Laramie Range, originally called the Black Hills, reaches
Laramie Peak, Kiosk and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2016
2. Laramie Peak, Kiosk and Marker
for 125 miles from the Colorado-Wyoming border to the North Platte River near Casper. Visible from over 100 miles away, Laramie Peak is named for the early French trapper, Jacques La Ramie. While on a beaver trapping expedition, La Ramie vanished from what is now the Laramie River. Upon learning of his disappearance, other trappers in the region named the river after him. Soon the nearby mountains, plains, and many other areas also took the name.
Erected by Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 14.01′ N, 105° 1.338′ W. Marker is near Wheatland, Wyoming, in Platte County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 26 and Interstate 25, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wheatland WY 82201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Open Spaces Sustained by Agriculture (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wildlife Diversity (about 800 feet away); Jacques La Ramie (approx. 8.4 miles away); Firewood & Cool Water
Laramie Peak image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2016
3. Laramie Peak
(approx. 8.8 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 8.8 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 10.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at a kiosk, at the end of a pathway, west of the Dwyer Junction Rest Area.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 123 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016.
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