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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Clickable Map of Goshen County, Wyoming and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Goshen County, WY (69) Laramie County, WY (65) Niobrara County, WY (20) Platte County, WY (48) Banner County, NE (0) Scotts Bluff County, NE (45) Sioux County, NE (25)  GoshenCounty(69) Goshen County (69)  LaramieCounty(65) Laramie County (65)  NiobraraCounty(20) Niobrara County (20)  PlatteCounty(48) Platte County (48)  BannerCountyNebraska(0) Banner County (0)  ScottsBluffCounty(45) Scotts Bluff County (45)  SiouxCounty(25) Sioux County (25)
Torrington is the county seat for Goshen County
Fort Laramie is in Goshen County
      Goshen County (69)  
      Laramie County (65)  
      Niobrara County (20)  
      Platte County (48)  
      Banner County, Nebraska (0)  
      Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska (45)  
      Sioux County, Nebraska (25)  
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1Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — ‘Where’s the Wall?’Fort Laramie National Historic Site
It is one of the most commonly asked questions here – and with good reason. Those who grew up watching western movies expect to see a fort with a large wooden stockade. Like many other aspects of Hollywood westerns, the walled military fort . . . Map (db m87076) HM
2Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — “Officers Row”
This 1889 winter scene shows buildings along the west side of the Parade Ground which housed Fort Laramie’s officer complement – hence, “Officers Row”. RIGHT TO LEFT, the “Burt” House, the “Surgeon’s” . . . Map (db m87031) HM
3Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — A Father’s Grief . . . A Soldier’s HonorFort Laramie National Historic Site
Some days since I received a messenger from [Sinte Gleska], head chief of the Brule Sioux, saying that his daughter had died on the way here and had begged her Father to have her grave made with the whites . . . Wishing to do him honor . . . . Map (db m87041) HM
4Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Administration Building
The large structure built on this site in 1885 – pictured shortly after completion – was put to many uses. The section on the far right was used as a schoolroom for officers’ children. The central portion housed the Headquarters . . . Map (db m87005) HM
5Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Between Two Worlds . . . the American MétisFort Laramie National Historic Site
French, Spanish and Indian and mixed are very common here and all languages are being jabbered in promiscuous interchange.”Charles B. Darwin, Fort Laramie, June 28, 1849 Métis (ma-tes’) – of mixed race, particularly, . . . Map (db m87012) HM
6Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — C.O.’s Chicken Coop(Built in 1881)
High ranking officers commonly kept chickens for their own use. The consumption of chickens and eggs provided a welcome change from meals of wild game and tough army beef. Individual soldiers and cooks utilizing company funds could purchase . . . Map (db m87024) HM
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7Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Captain’s Quarters
      Originally intended as housing for the commanding officer, this building was divided into a duplex when the C.O. chose to remain in another new dwelling. As such, the quarters was completed in 1870 at which time high-ranking officers and . . . Map (db m87009) HM
8Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Cavalry BarracksFort 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 . . . Map (db m71018) HM WM
9Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Commissary StorehouseFort 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 . . . Map (db m71017) WM
10Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Crossroads of a Nation Moving WestFort Laramie National Historic Site
Crossed the Laramie ford this morning and passed through the fort registering our names and found that . . . 16,913 men, Women 235, Children 242, Wagons 4,672, Horses 14,974, Mules, 4,641, Oxen 7,427, Cows 465, passed, besides nearly as many . . . Map (db m86975) HM
11Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Embassy on the Northern PlainsFort Laramie National Historic Site
As the main outpost of the U.S. Government on the Northern Plains, Fort Laramie served as an official meeting ground between the United States of America and the sovereign tribes of the Northern Plains. The first great treaty negotiation, the . . . Map (db m86984) HM
12Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort John – The ‘Second Fort Laramie’Fort Laramie National Historic Site
. . . the articles of trade consist, on the one side, almost entirely of buffalo robes; and, on the other, of blankets, calicoes, guns, powder, and lead, [and] . . . cheap ornaments such as glass beads, looking-glasses, rings, vermillion for . . . Map (db m86968) HM
13Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort LaramieFort Laramie National Historic Site
A military post on the Oregon Trail June 16, 1849-March 2, 1890. This monument is erected by the State of Wyoming and a few interested residentsMap (db m100065) HM
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14Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort Laramie National Historic SiteCrossroads 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 . . . Map (db m71016) HM
15Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort Laramie National Historic Site
The epic story of America’s western expansion played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie, where the North Platte and Laramie Rivers meet. Fort Laramie was first established in 1834 as a private fur trading post. By the 1840’s, it served as an . . . Map (db m79778) HM
16Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort Platte
A trading post built by Lancaster P. Lupton in 1841. Stood fifty yards to the north. Map (db m79745) HM
17Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Fort William and the Fur TradeFort Laramie National Historic Site
In 1834, Robert Campbell and William Sublette established the first fort at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. Christened Fort William, the post was rectangular, measuring only 100 by 80 feet. Hewn cottonwood logs 15 feet high . . . Map (db m86958) HM
18Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — General Sink (Latrine)
In the 1880’s the Surgeon General determined that the privy vault - - “That most objectionable and dangerous nuisance” - - was a threat to the soldier’s health. His concern had been prompted by the accumulated reports from disgusted . . . Map (db m86996) HM
19Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Guardhouse1850 – 1868
The remains of the first guardhouse constructed in 1850, at Fort Laramie were discovered by workmen in 1960 during restoration of the “new” guardhouse. This site is a good example of the structural changes that occurred during the forts . . . Map (db m87001) HM
20Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Handcarts – The New PlanFort Laramie National Historic Site
We cannot afford to purchase wagons and teams as in times past. I am consequently thrown back upon my old plan – to make hand-carts, and let the emigration foot it . . .       Brigham Young, 1855 Between 1856 and . . . Map (db m86981) HM
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21Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Infantry Barracks
      In answer to the perpetual need for housing, construction of an enlisted men’s barracks commenced at the opposite end of these foundation ruins. The barracks were extended in this direction as more men were assigned. Kitchens, mess halls, . . . Map (db m87030) HM
22Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — John (Portugee) Phillips
Here on December 25, 1866 John (Portugee) Phillips finished his 236 mile ride to obtain troops for the relief of Fort Phil Kearny after the Fetterman Massacre. Map (db m79773) HM
23Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Magazine(Built in 1849)
Restored here to the 1850-1862 period, the magazine is among the oldest surviving structures at Fort Laramie. It was during this early period that George Balch, 1st Lieutenant, Ordnance Corps, sent the following report to the Assistant Adjutant . . . Map (db m168269) HM
24Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Mary Elizabeth Homsley
Mary Elizabeth Homsley was born near Lexington, Kentucky, July 20, 1824. She move with her parents, Jacob and Sarah Oden, to Truxton, Missouri, where she was married to Benjamin Franklin Homsley in 1841. In April 1852, accompanied by Mary's parents . . . Map (db m98361) HM
25Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Military Justice: Punishment Harsh and CertainFort Laramie National Historic Site
As long as you behaved yourself and performed your duty as a soldier, you got along alright.Sergeant Perley S. Eaton, 3rd Cavalry Few soldiers completed their enlistments without experiencing the military justice system. Minor . . . Map (db m87003) HM
26Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — 49 — Mormon Pioneers at Fort Laramie
Between the years 1847 and 1868, most of the approximate 80,000 Mormon Pioneers passed through Fort Laramie. This was the first stop for the vanguard company after leaving Winter Quarters, (near Omaha) Nebraska. In June, 1847, after following a . . . Map (db m79776) HM
27Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Noncommissioned Officers’ QuartersFort Laramie National Historic Site
Before you stand the remains of a six-unit apartment building constructed in 1884. Built for the fort’s senior noncommissioned officers and their families, this new structure provided the best housing available for married enlisted men on post. . . . Map (db m168233) HM
28Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Officers Quarters
This 1885 photograph shows the buildings constructed on this site in 1881. Previous adobe structures, built in 1855, were left standing as rear wings. On the far left was the Commanding Officer’s residence. Between 1881 and 1890 it was successively . . . Map (db m87026) HM
29Wyoming (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 1951Map (db m5747) HM
30Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Old Bedlam
This graceful old structure, built in 1849, is the oldest standing building in Wyoming. It was nicknamed “Old Bedlam” because of boisterous sounds supposedly heard while it was occupied by bachelor officiers. Shown in an 1889 . . . Map (db m79774) HM
31Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Parade Ground
The parade ground was the center around which a variety of utilitarian buildings were constructed between 1849 and 1885. Though intended as a center of activities for the post with its parades and drills, Fort Laramie’s parade ground was not in . . . Map (db m87002) HM
32Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Post Quartermaster’s AreaFort Laramie National Historic Site
The job of building, maintaining, and supplying military posts belonged to the Quartermaster’s Department. The QMD was responsible for quarters, barracks, construction, infrastructure, transportation of personnel and supplies, and the procurement . . . Map (db m87105) HM
33Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘RithmeticFort Laramie National Historic Site
I knew little about reading, spelling and arithmetic, while I was well versed in lightning, thunder, vapor and geography.      Guy V. Henry Jr. on growing up at frontier military posts Wyoming’s first public school opened at Fort . . . Map (db m168463) HM
34Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Refinement at Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie began as a dusty, drab frontier outpost as pictured above in the 1868 photograph. However, by the 1880’s, the Army had embarked upon a major cleanup and improvement campaign. The delightful results are evident in the 1887 view – . . . Map (db m87020) HM
35Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Sawmill
Through a succession of accidental fires, Fort Laramie’s sawmills gained a reputation of being oll-fated. The lime-grout building erected upon this site in 1887 was the last of several such structures that sheltered stream engines used for sawing . . . Map (db m87044) HM
36Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Site of Army Bridge
The Laramie River was unpredictable and unchecked by dams. High water during the spring of the year often damaged or washed away existing bridges; therefore, from 1853 to post abandonment in 1890 the river was spanned by several successive bridges . . . Map (db m86986) HM
37Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Spanning a Century: End of an Era
Once broad and turbulent, the North Platte River posed a formidable obstacle to 19th century travelers. High water made it nearly impossible to cross the river for several months each year. The crossing became less dangerous by 1850 when ferry . . . Map (db m79743) HM
38Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The “Government Workhouse”Fort Laramie National Historic Site
I am beginning to think the soldiers … know better how to handle pick and shovel than they do a gun …”Private George W. McAnulty, Fort Laramie, W.T., 1878 “ … nothing worries a soldier more than doing the dirty [work] . . . Map (db m87018) HM
39Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The “New” Guardhouse and Adjacent Barracks
The “new” guardhouse, built in 1876 and shown in this 1887 view, was the last and most comfortable of three such structures at Fort Laramie. It was constructed upon the ruins of the original guardhouse, built in 1849-1850. The . . . Map (db m86998) HM
40Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Cavalry StablesFort Laramie National Historic Site
Most of the four generations of cavalry stables constructed at Fort Laramie were located here, just below the rise you are standing on. Measuring as large as 310 by 28 feet, the stables were made of log or board and batten construction. Typically . . . Map (db m87051) HM
41Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Cheyenne-Black Hills Trail
passed near this point between 1876 and 1887. Built to supply the Dakota gold camps, the road was constructed in violation of the Ft. Laramie treaty of 1868 which reserved the Black Hills for Sioux Indians. Stagecoaches and wagons carrying . . . Map (db m79780) HM
42Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Greatest Ride in History
In memory of the Thoroughbred horse ridden by John “Portugee” Phillips from Fort Phil Kearny Wyoming to Fort Laramie Wyoming December 24, and 25, 1866, when he's sought aid for the garrison at Fort Phil Kearny, which was . . . Map (db m79746) HM
43Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Journey West Continues
"We proceeded (westward from Fort Laramie) and encamped outside the boundaries of Uncle Sam." So wrote Dr. J.S. Shepard in 1851 as he began the second leg of his journey west. "To leave Fort Laramie was to cast off all ties with civilization. It was . . . Map (db m98360) HM
44Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Pony Express1860-1861 — 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
45Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Pony Express1860-1861 — 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 • OperatorsMap (db m49118) HM
46Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Post Bakeries
Four different bakeries operated successively at Fort Laramie. The remains of two bakeries stand before you. The nearer, built in 1876, was used until 1884, when it was converted into a school. A bakery built upon the far site operated from 1884 . . . Map (db m87100) HM
47Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Post HospitalFort Laramie National Historic Site
A succession of three hospitals served Fort Laramie from 1849 to 1890. The first hospital was located in the old adobe trading post (Fort John) at the south end of the parade ground. Suffering from structural failure and a serious vermin . . . Map (db m87085) HM
48Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Queens of Soap Suds RowFort Laramie National Historic Site
With reddened knuckles and rolled up sleeves, an obscure corps served the 19th century army. Beginning in 1802, the army enlisted women aged 13 and older to wash soldiers’ laundry. Laundresses received a wage, quarters, fuel, rations, and medical . . . Map (db m86993) HM
49Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Rustic HotelFort 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 . . . Map (db m71020) HM
50Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Rustic Hotel “ . . . No Second-Rate Affair”Fort Laramie National Historic Site
As the nation prepared to celebrate its centennial in 1876, electrifying news of a gold rush in the Black Hills flashed across the country. A new bridge over the North Platte River guaranteed that the preferred route to the gold fields passed . . . Map (db m87095) HM
51Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Sutler’s House
The Victorian-style cottage, built in 1863 and shown in this 1868 photograph, must have been a strange sight on the untamed Northern Plains. Sometime between 1875 and 1882, the cottage was replaced by a much larger lime-grout structure, used by . . . Map (db m87046) HM
52Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — The Sutler’s Store
Parts of this building date from the earliest periods at Fort Laramie. The adobe portion on the left, built in 1849, housed the Post Sutler’s Store.       In 1852, the right section was added and used at various times as the Sutler’s office, the . . . Map (db m87035) HM
53Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — Transcontinental Telegraph
Electrical Engineering Milestone Transcontinental Telegraph Between July 4 and October 24, 1861, a telegraph line was constructed by the Western Union Telegraph Co. between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, thereby completing the . . . Map (db m87102) HM
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Dec. 8, 2022