Fort Laramie, Wyoming

The townsite of Fort Laramie is located directly across the North Platte River from its namesake, Fort Laramie, a military garrison that was built on the Oregon/California/Mormon Pioneer Trails and served as a resting and re-stocking place for travelers along the North Platte River for many years. However, with the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and the conclusion of the Indian Wars in 1878, Fort Laramie quickly lost importance and was soon decommissioned by the federal government.

The original Fort Laramie is now the Fort Laramie National Historic Site, and the folks who work there live across the North Platte in "new" Fort Laramie.

Most folks who come to visit Fort Laramie do so by driving along the Oregon Trail Historic Byway.