2nd Street & Ivinson Ave. Historic Laramie - Wickipedia Commons
May 1868, Laramie was a tent city awaiting the tracks
which were to bind the nation together. The tracks were
laid through town that month and the dusty encampment
quickly became a permanent community of 3,000
other western railway towns, Laramie had a few upstanding
citizens, a few stockmen who came to town every so often,
and a whole lot of rowdies, rustlers, gamblers, thieves
and transient riffraff. However, before the year was out,
a group of town leaders organized a vigilante posse and
chased most of the badmen out of the city. Then most of
the rest of the population departed for newer railway
towns and Laramie was left with 1,500 residents.
to See & Do
Laramie is Wyoming's third-largest city, and a university
town, with the University of Wyoming being the state's
only four-year college. The number of students today
(10,000) far surpasses the original population of the
early railway town. Most of the university buildings are
constructed of Wyoming sandstone. Amateur and
professional geologists should visit the university's Geological Museum. Located in the east wing of the
Geology Building, the museum shows the geological history
of what is now Wyoming over the past two billion years.
The museum contains a skeleton of a giant
historical highlight of the city is Wyoming
Territorial Park, at the Snowy Lake exit of
Interstate 80. The park includes a museum inside the
former Wyoming Territorial Prison (built in 1872).
The displays commemorate the fur trading and mountain man
era, Laramie's railroad days and the period since
statehood. During the summer months, the park stages
entertainment and arts and crafts shows.
Trips from Laramie
particularly fine scenic drive leads through the Medicine Bow Range (also called the Snowy Range)
southwest of Laramie via Highway 130, with the road
re-joining Interstate 80 at Walcott, west of Rawlins. The
route first passes Centennial, climbing to Snowy Range
Pass, at 10,800 feet. Recreation areas throughout the
mountain drive include campgrounds, picnic areas and
fishing sites. The road passes several crystal lakes and
passes under several 12,000-foot peaks which give the
Medicine Bows their nickname, the Snowy Range. The
94-mile loop makes an extremely scenic alternate route if
you're westbound from Laramie, or a superb day drive --
returning to Laramie via Interstate 80.
scenic route (Highway 210) leads through the Medicine
Bow National Forest, east of Laramie, to Curt
Gowdy State Park and Cheyenne. To get to Highway 210,
drive southeast from Laramie on Interstate 80.
is a private campground in Laramie, plus several public
campgrounds in the national forest to the east.
The Cowboy Bar and Grill, at 309 South 3rd Street
offers dining in a Western atmosphere, with a
dining room and cocktail lounge. Nightclub entertainment at night. It re-opened after renovation and renewal in may, 2014.
western-style restaurant is the Cavalryman Steakhouse, located 4425 South 3rd Street (via Highway 287, 2 miles south of Interstate 80 and downtown Laramie) on the parade ground of historic Fort Sanders. It features prime rib, seafood and steaks. It's a white tablecloth place. The restaurant has an adjoining cocktail lounge. It began operation in this location in 1970.
Off I-80 at Curtis and McCue Streets. Features
tenting and RV camping near the Laramie River. Playground, laundry,
store, and full hook-ups for RVs. 27 RV sites, 7 tent sites.
Brooklyn Lake Campground (Forest Service)
This campground is lakeside with great views of Brown's Peak. the caming area has access to the Sheep lake Trail and the Glacier Lakes Trail. To ger there, drive 37 miles west on Highway 130, then 21/2 miles north on Brooklyn Lake Road (National Forest Service road 315). Reserve a site by calling 877-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov.
For more information on Laramie and area
go to the home page of
Albany County Tourism