When approaching the fort, the visitor passes next to the old North Platte River Bridge, a picturesque iron truss bridge which was built by the Army in 1875-76 with materials hauled by ox team from Cheyenne. A short distance above the bridge, on the south bank of the river, is the site of old Fort Platte, rival of the second Fort Laramie (Fort...more
On the hill to the north stand the ruins of the post hospital erected in 1873. The hospital contained a 12-bed ward, dispensary, kitchen, dining room, isolation rooms, surgeon's office, rooms for orderlies and storage, but no laboratory or operating rooms. It was the first lime-concrete building erected at Fort Laramie. There is good evidence that...more
The site of the fort built in 1841 by the American Fur Co. Located on high ground in a bend of the Laramie River, it dominated the then treeless valley from bluff to bluff. Many historians believe this was also the site of log-stockaded Fort William, erected in 1834, but conclusive evidence as to its location is lacking.more
Passing the sites of missing units of "Officers' Row," you reach this two-storied frame structure which has dominated the scene since the late summer of 1849, when it was partially completed of lumber sawed locally by horsepower and millwork hauled overland from Fort Leavenworth."Old Bedlam" comes from the name of the English Mental Hospital in...more
This restaurant has a very extensive menu selection, with everything for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can imagine. This restaurant has a wonderful "American- Patriotic-Theme" and is set in an historical town, just 3 miles before you reach the National Monument of the actual Fort Laramie. Our family has eaten there several times already and we enjoy going there regularly! We drive up there from Colorado because, this restaurant has the best food available anywhere, and it is well worth the drive! They offer many menu items the we can't find in Colorado especially, their Seafood menus! Their "off-menu-specials" are fantastic too! Also, try one of their Cheesesteaks, you won't be disappointed! We have met people from Montana and Nebraska that also eat there often too! What a really wonderful dining experience it is to eat at the Fort Laramie American Grill & Restaurant! Oh, although not necessary, we suggest that you call ahead and make a reservation to have a table waiting for you, rather than, you waiting for a table!
Favorite Dish: Simply put, our family has not yet had anything that we haven't thoroughly enjoyed!
The town of Fort Laramie, WY, runs a SPEED TRAP on Highway 26, near the Ft. Laramie National Historic Site.
This speed trap is for revenue purposes, not safety purposes. They station their flat black Ford Taurus police car at either end of town and clock drivers leaving town as they approach and reach the 65 mph speed limit signs posted at the city limits. You WILL be ticketed for ANY speed in excess of 30MPH!! Their car hides around the curve at the West end of town to catch you as you leave town heading West, and is generally stationed between the silo's at the East end of town to catch you as you exit to the East. They will also ticket you as soon as you enter the Corporate limits (before the city limits) and cross their posted 30 MPH sign at ANY speed in excess of 30 MPH. THIS IS A TRUE SPEED TRAP, THEY WILL TICKET YOU!!!!
Favorite thing: I remember visiting Fort Laramie as one of two main forts in the vicinity of Western Nebraska. This fort is pretty unique since there was never a huge wall or any other fortress-like protection around the fort. It was just in the open. But it was one of the most used forts and had a good track record as far as forts are concerned!