Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
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, 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
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. Touch for map. Marker is located on a side road northeast of the intersection of US 287 / Cavalryman Ranch Road. Marker is in this post office area: Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
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); 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.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.