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Fort Laramie National Historic Site

  • Also Known As: Fort Laramie National Historic District

  • Vicinity: 3 mi SW of Fort Laramie
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Crossroads of a Nation Moving West

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. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1834/00/00 William Sublette establishes Fort William as a private fur trading post.
1841/00/00 American Fur Company Owner American Fur Company buys Fort William, renaming it Fort John.
1846/06/15 Quincy Adams Shaw Researcher Francis Parkman arrives at Fort John at the Laramie River. Francis Parkman on the Oregon Trail
1846/06/15 Francis Parkman Researcher Francis Parkman arrives at Fort John at the Laramie River. Francis Parkman on the Oregon Trail
1849/00/00 US Army Corps of Engineer Architect United States Army buys Fort John to uses as a base to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail.
1874/08/15 George Armstrong Custer US Cavalry Commander Custer sends a messenger from Golden Valley to Ft Laramie, confirming gold in the Black Hills Black Hills Expedition of 1874
1890/04/20 After removing material items of value such as doors, windows and flooring, the US Army abandons Fort Laramie.

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Particulars for Fort Laramie National Historic Site:
Area of Significance Business
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Owner Federal
Historic Use Frontier Post
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Other Description Lime grout construction
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Military facility
Level of Significance National

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000755
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: US Army Corps of Engineers
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Lime grout construction
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Nominator Name: National Historic Site
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Exploration-settlement
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1834, 1849, 1890
Historic Function: Defense, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Business, Military facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Museum Park

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