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

Big Laramie Stage Station

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
1. Big Laramie Stage Station Marker
Captions: (top left) The Overland Trail in Wyoming; (bottom left) Big Laramie Stage Station; (bottom right) Diagram of a corduroy road.
Inscription. From 1849 through the end of the 19th century, thousands followed the Overland Trail into Wyoming, across the Laramie Plains, to a toll bridge near tree on the Laramie River. The historic crossing of the marshy plains consisted of a corduroy road which today is located southwest of the modern bridge. The surviving corduroy road remnant is all that remains of the trail in this area.
In 1862, Ben Holladay, consolidated several stage and freight operations to form the Overland Stage Company, which he moved from the Oregon Trail south to the Overland Trail. The new route proved to be both shorter and safer. He improved the trail and stage stations as he rose to dominate the stage, freight, and mail businesses. Constructed in 1862, Big Laramie Stage Station served as a "home station." where drivers' routes ended and passengers obtained meals while horses were changed.
Wells Fargo and Company bought Holladay's operation in 1866, three years before the completion of the Union Pacific's Transcontinental Railroad, which ended use of the Overland Stage. The Trail, however, continued to be used by local travelers and those unable to afford railroad fare. After completing a Union Pacific grading contact, Charles Hutton, Tom Alsop, and Edward Creighton created the Hart Ranch, which encompassed the property containing the Big Laramie Stage
Big Laramie Stage Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
2. Big Laramie Stage Station Marker
Station. Eventually Creighton sold his share and the divided into two with Alsop using the Stage Station as headquarters for his ranch on the west side of the river. The ranch is known today as Richardson's Overland Trail Ranch and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by Wyoming Archives and Historical Department.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Overland Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 15.726′ N, 105° 41.616′ W. Marker is near Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on State Highway 230 near County Route 33, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 Wyoming Highway 230, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Overland Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); Site of Fort Sanders (approx. 5 miles away); Ft. Sanders (approx. 5.1 miles away); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack (approx. 5.6 miles away); Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (approx. 5.6 miles away); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (approx. 5.6 miles away); Excavation Site: Ice House (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
 
Also see . . .  Big Laramie Stage Station - Along the Overland Trail. The Big Laramie Home Station was located on the west side of the Laramie River. When this site was being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, a great deal of research uncovered that it was not on both sides of the river, as previously thought. It is about eight miles upstream from the city of Laramie. (Submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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