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

Ft. Sanders

1866-1882

 
 
Ft. Sanders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
1. Ft. Sanders Marker
Inscription.  
         The emigrant trails across Wyoming were a vital link in the transcontinental migration of an estimated 250,000 Americans in the 19th century, and opened the area to settlers. The Indians resented this intrusion and threatened these transportation corridors. Ft. Sanders, one of several army posts built along the trails, was established to protect emigrant, military and stage line traffic on the Laramie Plains portion of the Overland/Cherokee and Lodgepole Creek Trails.
         Beginning in 1867, these troops also escorted survey and construction crews of the Union Pacific Railroad. Troops took part in 20 major engagements and numerous minor skirmishes while protecting emigrants, settlers and especially the "swing stations" for the Overland Stage, which carried the U.S. Mail.
         By 1882, Ft. Sanders had served its purpose--the Indian tribes no longer threatened settlers, the railroad had been completed and emigrant traffic had decreased. Orders for abandonment came in May and the buildings were sold. The land is now under private ownership.
         The Fort, which included both cavalry and infantry units,
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was laid out according to standard military plans. Log, frame and stone buildings included the commandant's and officers' quarters, hospital, barracks, stables, guardhouse, powder house and cemetery built around a central parade ground. Today U.S. 287 bisects the site of the fort, leaving the parade grounds west of the highway. Only two structures remain--the powder house to the northeast and the guard house to the west.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 41° 16.104′ N, 105° 35.744′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Cavalryman Ranch Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 287. Marker is located on a side road northeast of the intersection of US 287 / Cavalryman Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laramie WY 82070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Sanders (approx. ¼ mile away); Laramie (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Laramie (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Franchise (approx. 2.9 miles away); Laramie Timeline (approx. 2.9 miles away);
View to north along US 287 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
2. View to north along US 287
Marker is to the right on the side road
First Ladies (approx. 3 miles away); Battle of Crowheart Butte (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
 
Ft. Sanders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
3. Ft. Sanders Marker
Ruins of the fort powder house is in the background
Ruins of Powder House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
4. Ruins of Powder House
Remains of Fort Sanders Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
5. Remains of Fort Sanders Guardhouse
Located 1/4 mile northwest of marker
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
6. Close-up of Map on Marker
Close-up of Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
7. Close-up of Drawing on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 719 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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