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.
Crossroads of a Nation Moving West
Fort Laramie Virtual Tour
Experience an immersive, self guided virtual tour of Fort Laramie National Historic Site through panoramic images, maps and narration.
Detailed History of Fort Laramie
The history of Fort Laramie storied past from its beginnings as a fur trading post in 1834 to its closing in 1890.
Last updated: June 11, 2017