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Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Cavalry Barracks — Fort Laramie National Historic Site
The building before you is the only surviving enlisted men's barracks at Fort Laramie. The building proper was completed in late 1874 and was designed to provide quarters and other needed support facilities for two companies of soldiers, The veranda, although originally planned, was not added until 1883. As constructed the entire second floor was made up of only two equal, large rooms. These were the company dormitory bays or squad rooms where the enlisted soldiers lived. Each could house about . . . — Map (db m71018) HM WM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Commissary Storehouse — Fort Laramie National Historic Site — Visitor Center
This building was completed in 1884. It was built as a commissary storage facility. As such it would have been primarily divided into two large storerooms: one for meat and one for flour, rice, and beans. Three or four smaller rooms would have been used as offices, an "issue room" and a storage room for canned goods. This building also had a partial cellar with a trap door for use with a hand-operated elevator, rations and other official army food items were issued from this building. A commissary officer and sergeant ran the operation. — Map (db m71017) WM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort Laramie National Historic Site — Crossroads of a Nation Moving West
Fort Laramie was perhaps the single most important location in America’s expansion into the west. Founded in 1834 as a trading post, it became a military fort in 1849. Until it closed in 1890, Fort Laramie influenced major events in the history of the Trans-Mississippi West. From the eras of the fur trade, the Oregon Trail and the Indian Wars, the fort served as an American foothold in a rapidly changing west. We recommend that you begin at the Visitor Center. Follow the paved path to your . . . — Map (db m71016) HM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Old Army Bridge Over the Platte River
Erected in 1875. This bridge was a vital link between Cheyenne, Fort Laramie and the Military outposts, Indiana Agencies and gold fields of the Black Hills, Dakota Region. Placed by The Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming, June 1951 — Map (db m5747) HM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Pony Express — 1860-1861 — 1960-1961
From April, 1860, to October, 1861, Fort Laramie was a major post on the Pony Express route between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. — Map (db m49117) HM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Pony Express — 1860-1861 — 1960-1961
120 celebrated riders rode 650,000 miles with only one rider killed by Indians, one schedule not completed and one mail lost.

Russell • Majors • Waddell Founders • Owners • Operators — Map (db m49118) HM

Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Rustic Hotel — Fort Laramie National Historic Site
The Rustic Hotel opened in 1876. During that year it probably provided the best accommodations for travelers between Cheyenne and the Black Hills. It also served as a station for the Cheyenne-Black Hills Stage and Express Line. By 1883, when this photograph was taken, one lady found “horrid little bugs” in the sheets. Three years later the stage station corrals were polluting the water supply and had to be removed. (Inscription under the photo in the lower left) Primitive . . . — Map (db m71020) HM
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