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By Barry Swackhamer, September 8, 2015
Ames Monument Marker
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Ames Monument
Commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad, the Ames Monument is a memorial to the Ames brothers, Oakes and Oliver, for their contributions to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Their strong support, drive and influence were instrumental . . . — Map (db m89647) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Lonetree on the Laramie Range
This area of southeast Wyoming is rich in history, geology and recreational activities. Within a short distance from this point, sites abound of early day events that have shaped the western heritage of this area, including the Arapaho and Cheyenne . . . — Map (db m68052) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Old Sherman Cemetery
1867 to about 1880 most bodies have been removed — Map (db m89648) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Pyramid on the Plains
At first glance, the Ames Monument may seem out of place on this high, wind-swept setting. If you step back and view the Monument from a distance, you will notice its design and shape mimic the surrounding features of the mountain landscape. The . . . — Map (db m89645) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Sherman Mountains
The Sherman Mountains are erosional remnants rising above the general level of the surface of the Laramie Range. The flat topped characteristic of the range resulted from beveling during an ancient erosion cycle. Bedrock here is granite, a . . . — Map (db m68051)
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — The Gangplank
The granite rocks to the west are more than a billion years old (Pre-Cambrian in age). The sedimentary rocks to the east are some 10 million years old (Late Miocene in age). After the mountains were elevated, some 20,000 feet of rocks were eroded . . . — Map (db m92157) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — The Transcontinental Railroad
Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad across the United States was one of the most significant historic events of the 1800s. Built almost exclusively with manual labor and hand tools, the cross-country railroad took only four years to . . . — Map (db m89646) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Tree in the Rock
This tree was growing out of a crevice in the rock when the Union Pacific Railroad built its original main line fifty feet south of this rock in 1868. The fence and cable were provided by the Union Pacific Railroad Co. at the request of the . . . — Map (db m95273) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Tree Rock
This small pine tree that seems to be growing out of solid rock has fascinated travelers since the first train rolled past on the Union Pacific Railroad. It is said that the builders of the original railroad diverted the tracks slightly to pass by . . . — Map (db m62159) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — 150 N. 2nd Street
Built in 1869 for the Methodist Episcopal Church, this edifice is likely the oldest church building in Wyoming. It originally was located across the street where the Elks Lodge now stands. — Map (db m76783) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Abraham Lincoln"We must think anew and act anew"
1809 - 1865 This monument commemorates the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's birth by the State of Wyoming in 1959 Charles W. Jeffrey, M.D., Rawlins - Wyo. Donor Robert I. Russin, Sculptor — Map (db m47144) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — 221 — Bath Ranch
National Register of Historic Places Wyoming Place No. 221 — Map (db m89649) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Battle of Crowheart Butte
This bronze sculpture captures the moment when Chief Washakie first raises his lance challenging Crow Chief Big Robber to a duel. The Battle of Crowheart Butte was ignited when Crow Chief Big Robber and his braves refused to leave an area near . . . — Map (db m95342) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Big Laramie Stage Station
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 . . . — Map (db m89621) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Chief Washakie
The history of the American West recognizes Washakie as one of its most remarkable leaders. Revered for statesmanship and respected in battle, he united his people into a significant political and military force. A skilled orator and charismatic . . . — Map (db m95347) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House
In 1875, the inmates of the Wyoming Territorial Prison constructed a dwelling for the warden and guards. The dwelling, worth $3,000, consisted of six rooms - a kitchen, dining room, and four bedrooms. On July 3, 1877, Laramie's local newspaper, . . . — Map (db m95312) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse
The 1907 photograph to the left shows, from left to right, the boiler plant (foreground), broom factory, outhouse, blacksmith and candle shop, and kitchen extension. Before shops were built inside the stockade, inmates worked outside cutting . . . — Map (db m95327) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Excavation Site: Ice House
On June 24th, 1975, the Laramie Sentinel reported, "An icehouse has been built in the bank a few feet from the prison, and some 60 tons of ice were taken out and stored in it for the use of the prison. This, also done by convict labor, . . . — Map (db m95314) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack
Steam was used to heat the new cellblock and administration wing added to the prison in 1889. Though the boiler was only intended to serve the new addition it heated the entire prison (both cellblocks). Working beyond its capacity, the old boiler . . . — Map (db m95325) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens
The original kitchen was constructed in 1873. The bakery ovens sat directly behind it. The extension to the left of the kitchen was added by 1894 and used for a variety of things: store room, icehouse, guards' dining hall, carpentry shop, and . . . — Map (db m95330) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — First Ladies
Four plaques are located around a monument locate on the Ivinson Mansion grounds in Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie Woman's Club, organized in 1898, honors Laramie's "First Ladies" who pioneered civic and political responsibility by women . . . — Map (db m89657) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — First Woman Jury
This tablet marks the site where the first woman jury served during March 1870 Placed in 1922 by The Jacques LaRamie Chapter Daughters of The American Revolution — Map (db m76786) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Ft. Sanders1866-1882
         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 . . . — Map (db m67994) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Gateway to the Rockies
Tall trees, short trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants -- mountains, canyons, river bottoms, and prairies -- all intermingle to form the landscape. The greater the variety of landforms and vegetation, the more homes or habitats there are for . . . — Map (db m47149) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Henry B. Joy Monument
"That there should be a Lincoln Highway across this country is the most important thing" In memory of Henry B. Joy The first president of the Lincoln Highway Association Who saw realized the dream of a continuous improved highway from . . . — Map (db m84887) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway
This monument commemorates the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental automobile road, and Henry Bourne Joy, the first president of the Lincoln Highway Association (1913). Joy, also president of the Packard Motor Car Company, is sometimes . . . — Map (db m47145) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Laramie
Founded in 1868 upon the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, Laramie was named after the fur trader Jacques LaRamie. The first female jurors served here in 1870 after Wyoming Territory in 1869, for the first time in history, gave women full . . . — Map (db m67993) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Laramie
Founded in 1868 upon the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, Laramie was named after the fur trader Jacques LaRamie. The first female jurors served here in 1870 after Wyoming Territory, in 1869, for the first time in history, gave women full . . . — Map (db m76789) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Laramie Timeline
This marker is made up of a dozen plaques embedded in a cement patio and a map of historic Laramie also embedded in patio. As each plaque has the same format, only a few of them have been illustrated. 1810-1820 French Canadian . . . — Map (db m76849) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Old Overland Trail
The first stone erected in Albany Co. to mark the Old Overland Trail 1862 - 1868 — Map (db m89622) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Ranching from the High Point
This area of Albany and Laramie Counties is noted for its rich agricultural history. The forests and rolling hills were home to large sheep and cattle herds from the mid 1800s into the 1900s. After the Civil War, trees harvested from what is now the . . . — Map (db m47150) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Site of Fort Sanders
This Monument Marks the Site of Fort Sanders Established September 5, 1866 Abandoned May 18, 1882 Named in Honor of Brigadier General William P. Sanders Erected by the State of Wyoming and Jacques Laramie Chapter . . . — Map (db m67995) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — Telephone Canyon
The first in the west through which a telephone line was run. The first conversation over this line was held in 1882 between Bill Nye at Laramie and Hon. E. E. Warren at Cheyenne. — Map (db m47148) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — The Appaloosa
The legendary war-horse of the Nez Perce has a rich history dating as far back as 20,000 years. Detailed images of spotted horses can be found on cave walls in southern France. In Austria, a scabbard dating back to 1000 B.C. was found decorated with . . . — Map (db m95348) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — The Franchise
The Franchise by John D. Baker The title “The Franchise” refers to the recognition and bestowal of the right of women to vote under full civil equality with men. In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory to grant this . . . — Map (db m76744) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — The Overland Trail
The route that later became the Overland Trail was followed in 1825 by William Ashley and members of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, who entered the Laramie Valley from the south, forded the Medicine Bow River near Elk Mountain, and crossed the . . . — Map (db m89623) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Laramie — The Purple Heart Trail
The Purple Heart Medal was originated by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 for distinguished valor and is now awarded only to members of the armed forces of the United States, who have been wounded in combat against an armed . . . — Map (db m47143) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Medicine Bow — Albany County Train Robberies
In remote areas of Albany County, Wyoming, passenger trains carrying mail, payroll monies, and express deliveries were tempting targets for bandits. On June 2, 1899, the Union Pacific Overland Flyer No. 1 was flagged down near Wilcox Station, east . . . — Map (db m89659) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Medicine Bow — Dinosaur Graveyard
To the north lies Como Bluff - "The Dinosaur Graveyard" - one of the greatest and well known fossil beds of dinosaur remains in the world. There paleontologist of the 19th century discovered and unearthed many excellent fossil specimens of the . . . — Map (db m89665) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Rock River — Rock Creek
In memory of those who passed this way to win and hold the West on the Fort Halleck- Fort Laramie Road Frontier town of Rock Creek 10 miles north east — Map (db m89658) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Tie Siding — The Overland Stage Line
This stone marks the place where The Overland Stage Line on its way to the West, June 1862 - 1868 crossed the Colorado-Wyoming boundary line. — Map (db m89620) HM

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