Fort Laramie, WY - Fort Laramie National Historic Site.   Began as a fur trading post in 1834 and went on to serve folks migrating west via the Oregon and California Trails.  Includes a number of restored historic buildings, which you can check out on a walking tour. While there, stop first at the visitor center and enjoy an 18-minute fort history video, the bookstore, and museum exhibits that include uniforms, weapons, and artifacts from Fort Laramie's history.

Fort Laramie, WY - Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Began as a fur trading post in 1834 and went on to serve folks migrating west via the Oregon and California Trails. Includes a number of restored historic buildings, which you can check out on a walking tour. While there, stop first at the visitor center and enjoy an 18-minute fort history video, the bookstore, and museum exhibits that include uniforms, weapons, and artifacts from Fort Laramie's history.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Ft. Laramie, WY - Learn more at www.wyomingtourism.org.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Ft. Laramie, WY - Learn more at www.wyomingtourism.org.

Wagon and restored cavalry barracks at Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Wagon and restored cavalry barracks at Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Fort Laramie, WY   Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890.  This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.

Fort Laramie, WY Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890. This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.

Types of covered wagons. In 1850 a count at Fort Laramie showed 36,116 oxen passing through and only 7,548 mules. The number of oxen to the wagon varied considerably. Four—that is, two yoke—was the minimum. Three yoke was perhaps the average, but four was not uncommon; six yoke was probably the maximum that could be handled on the twisting mountain roads.

Types of covered wagons. In 1850 a count at Fort Laramie showed 36,116 oxen passing through and only 7,548 mules. The number of oxen to the wagon varied considerably. Four—that is, two yoke—was the minimum. Three yoke was perhaps the average, but four was not uncommon; six yoke was probably the maximum that could be handled on the twisting mountain roads.

A virtual tour of Fort Laramie National Historic Site.  The tour includes narration. Fort Laramie National Historic Site Wyoming

A virtual tour of Fort Laramie National Historic Site. The tour includes narration. Fort Laramie National Historic Site Wyoming

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