This significant 19th century trading post was founded as a private fur-trading fort in 1834 at the confluence of the Laramie and Fort Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming. After the U.S. Army bought and took over operations at the fort in 1849, it became a significant economic hub and the largest and best-known military post in the region.
The fort helped to protect settlers migrating west on the Oregon Trail and became a critical stopping point along the frontier. The post grew in importance during the 19th century and was at the front lines of the Indian Wars as Northern Plains tribes defended their homeland against encroachment by new settlers.
Today, people can explore this site at the crossroads of western expansion through a series of interpretive programs, including daily guided talks and living history demonstrations. A self-guided audio tour is also available at the visitor center.