Fort Laramie was a vital trading post during the 1800’s as Americans migrated westward. It is found in southeastern Wyoming where the Laramie and North Platte rivers join.
It was initially a private trading post to help facilitate the fur trade. In 1849, the U.S. Army bought the fort to help defend wagon trains from American Indians.
It became an economic hub and rest point for travelers heading west on the Oregon Trail.