Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Overland Trail
The route did not see heavy use until 1862, when Ben Holladay, who had recently acquired a contract to carry the U.S. mail, relocated the course of his Overland Stage Company to the south to avoid Indian attacks occurring along the Oregon Trail in central Wyoming. For several years, Holladay's Concord stages, heavily loaded with U.S. mail, carried passengers and other cargo along the Overland Trail through southern Wyoming.
From 1862 to 1868, the trail was the principal transportation corridor for thousands of emigrants moving west. Increased emigration led to clashes with Indians. Additional military forts, such as Fort Sanders and Fort Steele, were constructed to provide protection.
When construction began on the Transcontinental
Erected by Wyoming Archives and Historical Department.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Overland Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 18.684′ N, 105° 48.078′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on Snowy Range Road (State Highway 130) near Cactus Hill Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3184 Snowy Range Road, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bath Ranch (approx. 5.9 miles away); Old Overland Trail (approx. 6.3 miles away); Big Laramie Stage Station (approx. 6.6 miles away); Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (approx. 10 miles away); Excavation Site: Ice House (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
More about this marker. This marker is at a turnout on the north side of Wyoming Highway 130, approximately 10 miles west of the intersection with Wyoming Highway 230.
Also see . . . The Overland Trail. Looking at the Overland Trail, the Route and the Ride. Clickable Map of the Overland Trail: (Julesburg to Fort Bridger) The Concord Coach Page. The Concord Coach Gallery. Looking Back: Trappers, Mountain Men and Indians On The Trail. (Submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 5. submitted on June 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.