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Grounds of Fort Laramie
Grounds of Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie, located in present-day Goshen County, Wyoming in the United States, was a significant 19th century trading post and later a military outpost of the United States Army. Founded in the 1830s during the fur trade, it was taken over by the Army in 1849 and emerged as one most important centers of white settlement in the American West. During the middle 19th century, it was a primary stopping point on the Oregon Trail and was, along with Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River, the most significant economic hub of white commerce in the region. Many of the Army's military campaigns in the Indian Wars were conducted from the headquaters at the fort, and it gave its name to the Treaty of Fort Laramie, an important agreement between whites and Native Americans regarding white settlement. Decommissioned and abandoned in the late 19th century, the fort contains historic military structures on its grounds, which are operated by the National Park Service as Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Grounds of Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming (taken Oct. ... Grounds of Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming (taken Oct. ... Goshen County is a county located in the state of Wyoming. ... State nickname: Equality State Other U.S. States Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Governor Dave Freudenthal Official languages English Area 253,554 km² (10th)  - Land 251,706 km²  - Water 1,851 km² (0. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Events and Trends Electromagnetic induction discovered by Michael Faraday Dutch-speaking farmers known as Voortrekkers emigrate northwards from the Cape Colony Croquet invented in Ireland Railroad construction begins in earnest in the United States Egba refugees fleeing the Yoruba civil wars found the city of Abeokuta in south-west Nigeria... The fur trade was a huge part in the early economic development of North America. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The American West (or The West), is an informal but well-recognized name for the region comprising the 17 or 13 (depending on historical time period and authority) of the most western states in the continental United States. ... For other uses of the term, see Oregon Trail (disambiguation) The route of the Oregon Trail is shown in red in the western United States The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail 1852-1906 by Ezra Meeker. ... For information concerning Bents New Fort, visit the National Park Services website at: [1] ... Lower Arkansas River The Arkansas River is a tributary of the Mississippi which flows east and southeast through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and the state of Arkansas. ... The word economy can refer to any of several things: The economy of the world — see world economy The economy of a country — see economics and economic system Economy is financial soundness or affordability. ... The Indian Wars were a series of conflicts between the United States and Native American peoples (Indians) of North America. ... The Treaty of Fort Laramie was an agreement between the United States and the Lakota nation, signed in 1868 at Fort Laramie in the Wyoming Territory, guaranteeing to the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. ... The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States Federal Government agency that deals with all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation properties with various designations. ...


The fort is located along the lower Laramie River near is mouth on the North Platte River, across the river the modern town of Fort Laramie in Goshen County, Wyoming. Despite its name, the fort was not located at present-day Laramie, Wyoming (Laramie City), which was founded later and is located approximately 75 mi (120 km) to the southwest. The Army took over the fort in the late 1840s largely to supply and protect emigrants along the Emigrant Trail. During the 1850s, relative peaceful relations between the whites and the Native Americans meant that the fort served mainly as a supply post. During the increasing strife of the 1860s, the fort took on a more military posture. In the late 1860s, the fort was the primary staging ground for the United States in the Powder River Country during Red Cloud's War. The resultant peace agreement was known as the Treaty of Fort Laramie. After the completion of the transcontinental railoroad, the fort's importance decreased rapidly until it was decommisioned in 1890. The Laramie River The Laramie River is a tributary of the North Platte River, approximately 216 mi (348 km) long, in the U.S. states of Colorado and Wyoming. ... The North Platte River The North Platte River is a tributary of the Platte River, approximately 680 mi (1,094 km) long, in the U.S. states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. ... Fort Laramie is a town located in Goshen County, Wyoming. ... Goshen County is a county located in the state of Wyoming. ... Dowtown Laramie Laramie is a city located in Albany County, Wyoming. ... Events and Trends Technology First use of anaesthesia in an operation, by Crawford Long War, peace and politics First signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) on February 6, 1840 at Waitangi New Zealand. ... The Emigrant Trail is the name collectively applied to the network of wagon trails throughout the American West during the middle 19th century, used by emigrants from the eastern United States to settle lands west of Rocky Mountains. ... Events and Trends Technology Production of steel revolutionised by invention of the Bessemer process Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time First transatlantic telegraph cable laid First safety elevator installed by Elisha Otis Science Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution... Events and trends Italian unification under King Victor Emmanuel II. Wars for expansion and national unity continue until the incorporation of the Papal States (March 17, 1861 - September 20, 1870). ... The Powder River Country is depicted in red on a map of the western United States The Powder River Country refers to an area of the Great Plains in northeastern Wyoming in the United States. ... The Powder River Country, northeast of the Bighorn Mountains and south of the Yellowstone River, is shown in red in the western United States Red Clouds War (also referred to as the Bozeman War) was an armed conflict between the Sioux and the United States in Wyoming and Montana... Poster announcing railroads opening The First Transcontinental Railroad was a transcontinental railroad in North America that was finished in 1869. ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


In the 1950s, a fictionalized account of life at the fort during the 19th century was depicted in the CBS radio program Fort Laramie. Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the... Fort Laramie was a U.S. radio program that aired Sundays on CBS from January 22 to October 28, 1956. ...


Commandants of the fort

  • William O. Collins

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Fort Tours | Fort Laramie (1252 words)
Fort William, Fort John, and Fort Laramie were all important stopping off places for the increasing number of travelers along the trails to Oregon and California.
The fort witnessed the development of the open range cattle industry, the coming of homesteaders, and the settlement of the plains that marked the closing of the frontier.
The buildings that remain today at Fort Laramie are a result of several individuals homesteading the area and thus forestalling the disappearance of the buildings.
Fort Laramie Home Page (693 words)
Fort Laramie, the military post, was founded in 1849 when the army purchased the old Fort John for $4000, and began to build a military outpost along the Oregon Trail.
Fort Laramie was always an open fort that depended upon its location and its garrison of troops for security.
During the latter part of the 1860s, troops from Fort Laramie were involved in supplying and reinforcing the forts along the Bozeman Trail, until the Treaty of 1868 was signed.
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