Laramie Wyoming

Laramie Wyoming is located in Albany County Wyoming. Laramie Wyoming is located on the intersection of Interstate 80 and US 287. Laramie has a reputation for being a traditional Wild West town, although in recent times it has become more of a college driven town that is active in the autumn, winter and spring and a preverbal ghost town in the summer months. One of the significant points of history that Laramie represents is The Treaty of Fort Laramie.

In the spring of 1868, a meeting was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Laramie Wyoming, which resulted in the Treaty of Laramie with the Sioux. The treaty of Fort Laramie was to bring to peace between the white settlers and the Sioux. The Black Hills of Dakota are sacred to the Sioux Indians. In the 1868 treaty, signed at Fort Laramie and other military posts in Sioux country, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.

However, at the infamous battle in 1876 at Little Big Horn General Custer decided to ignore the treaty and bring gold miners into the protected area. Custer's army was defeated, but the United States would continue to defy the Sioux in the Black Hills until the land became property of the US government in 1877. There is an extensive account of Fort Laramie from 1812- till present day available on line through the National Parks Service. Laramie travel can be historical as well as entertaining.

A few of the main attractions for Laramie travel are the War Memorial, St. Matthew’s Church, the hospital and the bank. All of these attractions were instituted by one of the founding fathers of Laramie Edward Invinson. If you want to see how Mr. Invinson lived you can see Historic Invinson Mansion, the mansion represents luxury at its finest. These downtown buildings are open during the week as well as on the weekends for tourist exploration and can be one of the most fun things to do on a walking tour of Laramie. Downtown Laramie is also a great place to see some of the most historical Laramie hotels.

One other Laramie travel attraction you can view is the Jubilee Days, located on the Albany County Fairgrounds, which is about a mile out of town. Here, you can experience bull riding, rodeos, concerts and a parade during the summer. Jubilee Days are usually open from late spring until Labor Day in the fall and are a major attraction for Laramie locals and visitors from outside the state, or even folks passing through on their way north to Yellowstone National Park.

If you love skiing and snowboarding you can participate in those activities at the Snowy Range, a nearby ski hill, which is open during the winter. Though it does not offer the steep terrain and multiple runs of Wyoming’s "big one", Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Snowy Range is still a great place to ski during the winter months.

Laramie is also noted for the great fishing happening in and around the city. Trout and certain types of bass abound in the streams and lakes near Laramie, and many travelers even plan entire vacations to Laramie scheduled around fishing. Hunting outside the city of Laramie is also possible, but you must have a Wyoming State hunting permit, which can be obtained through the Wyoming State Fishing and Games Department. Fishing and hunting are best in the summer and fall, though late spring can accommodate some types of trout fishing. All in all Laramie is a fantastic edition any Wyoming travel itinerary.

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